WILBERFORCE, Ohio—The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument has scheduled a series of Open House events to encourage the community and visitors to learn about the Wilberforce Community, Colonel Charles Young, and the Buffalo Soldiers role in American History, according to a national monument announcement.
The Open Houses are to be held in the parlors at the national monument, the house where Young lived in Wilburforce, at 1120 U.S. 42. Several open houses will be held in July on the following dates: Saturdays, July 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays, July 5 and 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Park staff will provide a screening of films on the Buffalo Soldiers, a host of Junior Ranger activities, and guided tours of the site. Additionally, the park will release newly developed cell phone tours and other curriculum-based programs that will be offered next school year during the summer open house series.
“We are excited to be able to open our doors to our community to showcase the life and times of Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers,” said Dr. Joy Kinard, national monument superintendent.
As a soldier, diplomat and civil rights leader, Charles Young overcame stifling inequality to become a leading figure in the years after the Civil War when the United States emerged as a world power. His long and distinguished career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army made him a popular figure of his time and a role model for generations of new leaders.
Among his accomplishments, Young mentored Sergeant Major Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., who later became the first African American to attain the rank of general. Davis’s son, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., became the first African American Air Force general.
Young’s house, more affectionately known as “Youngsholm,” serves as the current face of the newest national park addition. President Obama designated it a National Monument in 2013.
This program is part of an ongoing series of public programs offered at the Colonel Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument to promote public understanding of history and special places that have been included in the national park system.