: Portraits drawn by Charles Young as part of his West Point Military Academy portfolio. Included in this portion of the portfolio are “Profile w/ hat,” “Woman w/ basket” (on back is the possible signature of John Hanks Alexander), “Pencil portrait (big nose),” “Profile bust of woman (looking right),” “Woman carrying basket on head,” “Da Vinci,” “Nude woman” and “Dante” (on back is Exercise XII, a hand-drawn map of West Point dated 1887 signed Cadet Charles Young). Young graduated from West Point, only the third African American to do so at the time, in 1889.
Charles Young was the first African American to reach the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army and, at the time of his death in 1922, was the highest-ranking African American officer in the Army. He is known for having been forced into retirement due to health concerns before the start of World War I and later riding from Wilberforce, Ohio, to Washington, D.C. to prove his physical fitness for duty. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Charles Young portfolio sketches