About Us

Through the erection and dedication of the monument, our mission is to commemorate and preserve the legacy of African American military service members in defense of our nation. We honor and respect the sacrifices African Americans have made to national defense. We strive to educate future generations by providing historical facts about the many African Americans who have selflessly defended America’s ideals of freedom, democracy, and the pursuit of happiness.


It is our vision to create an everlasting monument memorializing the contributions of African Americans who served and are currently serving in all six branches of the military. We strive to restore meaning, and understanding of the indispensable military service of African Americans, which has been omitted from U.S. mainstream narratives and has consequently fallen into obscurity.

Contact Us



Mailing Address

P.O. Box 231, Buffalo, NY 14202



African American Veterans Monument Inc.

Advisory Council

Hon. Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes
NYS Assembly, District 141

Mark J. Boyd
Chief of Staff, Hon. Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes

Robin E. Hodges, Chief Operations & Impact Officer
African American Veterans Monument Inc.
US Navy


African American Veterans Monument Inc.

Board of Directors

Warren Galloway, Chairman
US Air Force

Richard A. Cummings, Vice Chairman
US Air Force, ARC & Comm

Charles A. Everhart, Sr., Secretary
US Marine Corps Veteran

Schuyler Banks, MBA, Treasurer
US Army, Business Professor SUNY Erie

Ronal R. Bassham
US Air Force (Ret.)

Fern Beavers
(In Memoriam)

Henry W. Curtis, III
US Army (Ret.)

Van Taylor
Van Taylor Productions, Inc.

Christian Johnson
CEO, Beautiful Brains

Dale Martin
Director of Sales, WUFO 1080 AM/Power 96.5 FM

Andrea D. Mays
The Links Incorporated – Erie County (NY) Chapter

Laura Montante-Zaepfel
Uniland Development Company

Roger Moss
US Air Force

Rev. Eugene L. Pierce
US Army

Madeline O. Scott
Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier


African American Veterans Monument Inc.
Board of Directors

Jonathan Casey (In Memoriam) and Solid 716

Studio Tectonic

Night Kitchen Interactive

For image references and credits, download the Image Credits PDF.