The African American Veterans Monument is located at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park. It is open to the public seven days a week from dusk to dawn. This Monument is the first in the nation to recognize the contributions of African Americans who have served or are currently serving in all six branches of the military, during war and peace times.
African Americans have fought in all 12 of the United States’ military conflicts since the country’s first war, whether voluntarily enlisting or being drafted. The African American Veterans Monument honors the contributions made by all African American Veterans.
The on-site interactive experience includes thirteen interpretive signs (including the introductory sign) one for each significant US conflict, that offer visitors a glimpse into the experiences of African American Veterans throughout history— including storytelling and education. Using quick response (QR) codes adds audio and visual accompaniments, allowing access to short interpretive videos that enhance visitor experiences via mobile devices. The interpretive signage provides historical content for visitors without handheld mobile devices.