"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.

Black and white photo of 4 Buffalo Soldiers standing shoulder to shoulder in their fire camp in 1910

Buffalo Soldiers by the Decades

Discover the people, places and events that shaped the Buffalo Soldiers for almost 90 years.

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.

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

The Veterans Podcast

Watch new podcast episodes featuring WWII African American vets, Mr. Harold J. Warren, Jr. & former WAC 1st Lt. Vivian "Millie" Bailey.

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.

Color painting of African Americans in Civil War uniform practicing musket drill

Before the Buffalo Soldiers

From the Revolution to the present day, African Americans have fought for the United States. Learn more about their contribution here.

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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

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Medal of Honor Recipients

Since the 1860s there have been over 90 African Americans awarded the Medal of Honor. Follow this link to discover their stories.

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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: September 27, 2022

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