About Us

Our mission is to erect a monument which commemorates and preserves 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.

Board of Directors

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

Warren Galloway, Chairman
US Air Force

Robin E. Hodges, Vice Chairman
US Navy, Delaware North

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

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

Ronal R. Bassham
US Air Force (Ret.)

Fern Beavers (In Memoriam)

Richard A. Cummings
US Air Force, ARC & Comm

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

Christian Johnson
CEO, Beautiful Brains

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

Laura Montante-Zaepfel
Uniland Development Company

Brenda L. Moore, Ph.D.
US Army, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo

Van Taylor
Van Taylor Productions, Inc.


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.