Ohio officials try to preserve historic home of noted black soldier

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Ohio officials try to preserve historic home of noted black soldier

AP – Elected officials and educators in Ohio are working to honor a distinguished black soldier who died in 1922 by trying to preserve his home, which was a part of the Underground Railroad.

Col. Charles Young’s accomplishments included being the highest-ranking black officer in the military during World War I. Now a group of people is trying to get his home in the western Ohio town of Wilberforce under the care of the National Park Service.

The Ohio Humanities Council says Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican Congressman Steve Austria have introduced bills to determine if it’s feasible to put Young’s home under the care of the park service. The house on the campus of Central State University already is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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