A plaque ceremony and flag installation will be held the FIRST African American to hold the rank of “Colonel” in the U.S. Army and Buffalo Soldier from Kentucky
The ceremony will be held at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in West Louisville
On Sunday, February 24, 2019, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in partnership with The National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations presents Colonel Charles Young the Epitome of Leadership. As we near the end of Black History Month, we invite you to attend the installation of the 9th Calvary Regiment Flag and plaque ceremony for Colonel Charles Young.
Col. Young was born a slave in 1864 in Mason County, Kentucky. He was one of the first African Americans to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point and the first black colonel in the U.S. Army. He also served as a member of the 9th Calvary also known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Young died in Liberia in 1922.
The ceremony will be from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at KCAAH which is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. During the program Brian Shellum, author of three books about the life of Colonel Charles Young will speak during the program. His focus will be Col. Young’s challenging missions during his 30 years on active duty. Also, a part of the ceremony will be Charles Blatcher III, chairman for the National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations, (NCBVO). His angle will be NCBVO advocacy on behalf of Colonel Young and his importance to Black Military History and Black History Month.
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