Several black Army soldiers standing and sitting while posing for a group portrait.
Charles Young (seated, 5th from left, front row) with his 9th Cavalry troopers while in the Philippines, c. 1902.

Courtesy of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, Ohio

One part of the story at every national park site is the people who comprise the story. Here at Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, you'll discover more about two of the main characters in this inspiring and dramatic story.

Charles Young

Charles Young overcame countless amounts of stifling obstacles throughout his life to earn the respect of his racial counterparts and peers. In doing so, he paved the way for future generations of African-Americans who would follow in his footsteps.

The Buffalo Soldiers

The African-American soldiers that made up the famed "Buffalo Soldiers" would serve in countless U.S. conflicts throughout their 80 year plus span as segregated regiments. Fighting for a country that marginalized who they were based on the color of their skin, these men would valiantly fight on for the honor, the respect and the dignity they deserved, on and off of the battlefield.

Learn more about these amazing people and their heroic stories when you visit the Colonel Charles Young page and the Buffalo Soldiers page.


Read about this year's recipients of the annually-given Trailblazer Award. Given to individuals who demonstrate exceptional life service and leadership in their community.

Last updated: March 11, 2020

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