Young honored with honorary degree

Former Mason County Judge-Executive James L. “Buddy” Gallenstein and his wife, Alice, traveled to Wilberforce University to witness an honorary degree conferred on Col. Charles Young.

The honorary doctorate degree was conferred posthumously by the university during graduation ceremonies at its campus in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Young was born in 1864 in a log cabin in May’s Lick. He and his parents later relocated to Ripley, Ohio where he excelled academically. At age 17, he graduated from integrated high school in 1881 and taught at the African-American elementary school in Ripley for two years, according to information from the university.

In 1883, encouraged by his father, Young took the entrance examination to the United States Military Academy at…

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