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Form 10-300a (July 1969)

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES INVENTORY - NOMINATION FORM

STATE

OHIO GREENE COUNTY

FOR NPS USE ONLY

(Continuation Sheet)

ENTRY NUMBER

(Number all entries)

8.

SIGNIFICANCE

-

Page

Three

aboard the ship.

Upon the arrival of the flag-draped casket

Drocession from the armory of the Colonel Charles .egion, led mourners to a memorial service in the

Young

Post

great

hall

in New York, a 398, American of New York College

Assistant Secretary of State Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. was the principal speaker.

From New York, Young's body was taken to Washington, D.C. where a large crowd

waited at Union Station ton's "colored schools"

to escort it were given a

in honor to holiday and

Arlington Cemetery.

Washing

crowds

lined

the

streets

as

the cortege made its Bridge to Fort Myer;

way the

along Pennsylvania Avenue to M Street and across Key casket on a horse-drawn caisson was followed by Young's

favorite horse, riderless and boots reversed.

Services were held in

marble ampitheatre. from his Wilberforce

Major days,

0. J. W. Scott, Army Chaplain, delivered the funeral oration.

and

friend

Arlington's of Young's

In addition to his achievements as linguist and an accomplished musician.

a military officer, Young was also a He knew German, Italian, Spanish, Latin,

and Greek and voraciously read piano, violin, and cornet, and

literature in the original.

composed

pieces

for

them,

Young played the

including

a

cradle

song, an African suite, and a Caribbean suite.

He composed

his and

friend Paul Laurence Dunbar had written. composed serenades for his church choir's

Colonel Young performances.

music for lyrics also arranged hymns

Colonel Charles Young is of national historical significance because he was the highest-ranking black officer in World War I; he was the first black military attache in American history; he was the second black federally appoint ed to a military department; and he was nationally known and admired by black

people who identified with his triumphs and felt

their own.

It

the

Army,

that

was the

largely through public outcry Army later reinstated him.

his defeats as though they were following his dismissal from

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