Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument (Wilberforce, Ohio)
The first Black colonel in the United States Army, Charles Young led the Buffalo Soldiers, the United States’ first Black cavalry, and was eventually appointed the first Black superintendent in the National Park Service, a position which he held until his death with full military honors in 1922. With help from The Trust for Public Land, President Obama paid tribute to Young’s story by declaring Young’s Ohio family home a national monument in 2015.
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