Col. Charles Young

Federal officials think a national monument in southwest Ohio that honors the first African-American colonel in the U.S. Army will draw thousands of visitors each year.

The National Park Service celebrated the preservation of Col. Charles Young's home in a dedication ceremony this past week. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was among those attending.

President Barack Obama last month designated Young's home in Wilberforce as the 401st national park site. The Dayton Daily News reports that officials expect it to draw about 125,000 visitors a year.

Jerry Kenney

Following President Obama’s designation of five new national monuments last week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has been on a five state tour of those sights. Yesterday’s stop - The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, Ohio.   

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In 1974, the Col. Young House in Wilberforce, Ohio was named a national landmark. Today, March 25th, 2013, it received an even higher honor; The home now stands as a national monument. 

In a closed ceremony, President Barack Obama used executive authority to designate five new national monuments. Using powers given to him under the Antiquities Act of 1906, the President issued protections for 5 "historic or ecologically significant sites around the country" - including the Col. Charles Young House.