- Associated Press - Saturday, May 31, 2014

MAY’S LICK, Ky. (AP) - Work is underway to restore the log cabin birthplace of U.S. Army Col. Charles Young, who was among the first blacks to graduate from West Point and go on to a distinguished military career.

The Ledger Independent (https://bit.ly/1jY9l7J) reports the cabin at May’s Lick in northern Kentucky will be rebuilt once the project is completed.

The cabin is estimated to have been built around 1800, according to University of Kentucky officials, who have been working with Mason County Judge-Executive James L. “Buddy” Gallenstein on the project.

The Mason County Fiscial Court agreed in 2013 to purchase the 38-acre site for $220,000.

Plans are to establish a museum with artifacts and memorabilia from the time period when Young was born in 1864, through his military career and death in 1922.



Work began last year to clear vines covering the cabin walls and to inventory the logs, for reconstruction purposes.

The plan is to dismantle the cabin down to the ground level; level the log floor; replace logs that have deteriorated or are missing; and to rebuild the cabin on site. The property around the cabin will be cleaned up.

At the entrance to the farm is a historic marker, recognizing Young’s achievements.

He was the third African American to graduate from West Point in 1889. Young served as military attaché to Haiti from 1904 through 1907; fought in the Spanish-American War; served with Gen. Pershing on his expedition to Mexico; served with the Ninth U. S. Cavalry, the famous Buffalo Soldiers. Young served as a foreign diplomat in the Liberian Republic, where he died on Jan. 8, 1922. His remains were interred in Arlington Cemetery in 1923.

Young’s military legacy continues to grow and has become the focus of a national movement to have him promoted posthumously to brigadier general.

Young was born in May’s Lick and later moved with his parents to Ripley, Ohio, where he attended Ripley High School.

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Information from: The Ledger Independent, https://www.maysville-online.com

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