Charles Young inspired an entire generation of leaders. The son of a slave, Young rose to one of the most prominent roles in the U.S. Army. Even though he was a decorated soldier, Young faced Read more...
Charles Young inspired an entire generation of leaders. The son of a slave, Young rose to one of the most prominent roles in the U.S. Army. Even though he was a decorated soldier, Young faced discrimination throughout his life.
After graduating with honors from high school, Young opted for a military career. He became the ninth African American to attend West Point. He was only the third one to graduate when earned his officer's commission back in 1889. Life at West Point wasn't easy. Young faced discrimination from his classmates and instructors. He had to re-take his first year of classes. He needed extra tutoring from a professor before passing his final engineering class.
Young reached the rank of colonel, this first African-American to do so. He served his country with distinction until January 1922. He died overseas in Nigeria after becoming gravely ill. When his body returned to American soil in 1923, thousands showed up at the pier to welcome the hero home. Young became just the fourth African-American buried at Arlington.
Young's story is about inspiring others to achieve greatness. His modest home in Wilberforce, Ohio, pays tribute to this brave man. Artifacts, photos and a film showcase Young's tenacity, courage and inspiring rise through the ranks. The site also commemorates the Buffalo Soldiers. This group of Army officers fought valiantly overseas to protect U.S. interests.
Campsites near Wilberforce put you near several recreation areas, lakes and hiking trails. If you love flying, check out Dayton just to the west. Dayton's history of flight museums are top-notch.