"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.

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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.

Charles Young, standing with hand on hips, next to horses and troopers

General Charles Young

The life of General Charles Young was filled with memorable highs and demoralizing lows. Learn more about this true American hero.

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Buffalo Soldiers at War

Buffalo Soldiers fought in America’s wars from 1866 through the Korean War. Learn about the soldiers over these 90 years of American history

African-American soldiers posing for group photo

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.

Silhouettes of army soldiers carrying rifles marching in line behind an American flag

The Veterans Podcast

Watch and listen as we present new episodes featuring WWII African American vets, Mr. Harold J. Warren, Jr. & General Charles E. McGee.

Five Black soldiers mounted atop horses in a forest posing for an image

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.

rangers in gray shirts and green pants, military soldiers in camouflage and 3 ladies pose for a pic

Park Photo Galleries

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

An old map showcasing the states of Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia

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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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.

Last updated: June 23, 2022

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