"The thing then to be desired above all others is confidence in one's self..." Charles Young

Throughout his life, Charles Young overcame countless obstacles in his ascent to prominence.  In spite of overt racism and stifling inequality, Young rose through the military ranks to become one of the most respected leaders of his time.  A well-rounded man with a steadfast devotion to duty, Young led by example and inspired a generation of new leaders. Read More

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The official introductory film of Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. The biographical film of Charles Young, quintessential soldier, Civil Rights pioneer, family man. Learn about this iconic American hero whose legacy resonates to this day.

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Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks

Discover the history and legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers in the national parks when you read their amazing stories.

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The Buffalo Soldiers

Read the stories of the men who battled enemies of the U.S. abroad all the while as they struggled to earn equality at home.

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Young family home long-term closure

The Young family home is now closed for an extensive 15-month long renovation. House tours are unavailable. Click for complete details.

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Park Photo Galleries

View official park photos in various photo galleries online, including recent park special events.

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The Veterans Podcast

Watch and listen as we present the newest episode with WWII Buffalo Soldier veteran, Mr. Harold J. Warren, Jr.

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Park Cell Phone Tour

Dial in to the park's Cell Phone Tour and learn about the people and the places that made Wilberforce what it is today.

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Teaching with Historic Places

Discover Colonel Young's Protest Ride for Equality in a lesson plan from the NPS's Teaching with Historic Places.

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Charles Young Interactive Storymap

Read more and learn more about the incredible life story of Colonel Charles Young through the new, interactive Storymap!

Last updated: December 7, 2021

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