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For the Forgotten African-American Dead

For the Forgotten African-American Dead

Jim Crow’s legacy has many faces. In this case, as the article For the Forgotten African-American Dead (Brian Palmer, 7 Jan 2017, NY Times) illustrates, it’s in the obliteration of Black history –  the history of heroic participation by black soldiers in the Civil War, the history of esteemed forebears – by the neglect of
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Ta Nahisi Coates at Xavier University

In the era of the Underground Railroad, enslaved people of color took charge of emancipating themselves, and white abolitionists figured out ways to assist. It took later historians like Larry Gara and Keith Griffler to deconstruct the myth that set white people up as the conductors and even originators of the northward movement of freedom
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Georgetown sold enslaved people to save their University–Now What?

Recently, documents have been found in the Georgetown University archives that show the 1838 transaction of 272 enslaved people from the Jesuits’ Maryland plantation to former Louisiana governor (later U.S. Congressman) Henry Johnson and his associate Jesse Beatty. While these families were promised that they would  stay together and to be able to practice their religion, all these promises
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Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher

I had the pleasure of visiting Plymouth Church in Brooklyn New York.   Through their displays, signage and art, I learned about its most famous minister–Henry Ward Beecher. Plymouth Church is doing a great job of keeping its abolitionist history alive. Henry Ward Beecher was born on June 24, 1813 in Litchfield, Connecticut, the son of
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Ravine To Freedom, Cincinnati Parks program, Feb. 20th

Ravine To Freedom, Cincinnati Parks program, Feb. 20th

Two free events for Black History Month, one through Cincinnati City Parks and the other through Cincinnati Public Library. See details below.  Ravine to Freedom (Free Public Program) Cincinnati Parks’ LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve,  5400 Lanius Lane,         Cincinnati, OH  45224 Saturday, February 20, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   All Aboard!  Step back in time
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Dr. Eric Foner receiving the Everyday Hero Award from John Pepper

Everyday Hero: Dr. Eric Foner

One inspiration we can take from the history of the Underground Railroad is that it holds up for us a model of Black and White people “working together for a just cause.”  Dr. Eric Foner, speaking yesterday at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, reminded us of this important gift from antebellum activists to people
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New Historical Markers

Thanks to the hard work of Hamilton Avenue Road to Freedom members Kathy Dahl and Stephanie Sunderland, two of the Underground Railroad related-sites that were accepted into the National Park Service’s Network To Freedom earlier this year now have markers.  The sites are:  Wesleyan Cemetery, which played a role in the Escape of the 28, and also in recognition
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Sedamsville’s abolitionist history

  On May 27, 2015 Ray Bushe, a local Price Hill and Sedamsville historian led a tour of River Road,  for members of Hamilton Avenue Road To Freedom and colleagues from the Boone County Library.   Sedamsville is of great interest to us as it was a stop for the “28” who in 1854 went
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The Charleston Massacre

 The Massacre of nine African-Americas this week in Charleston, SC on June 17th was 193 years to the day from the uprising allegedly planned by Denmark Vesey.  The twenty-one year old  white terrorist who carried out this atrocity,  attended Bible Study for over an hour  with his victims before killing them in the very church  that was
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The Escape

Network To Freedom Designation

On Friday, April 17, 2015  at 10:30 am, at Wesleyan Cemetery at 4000 Colerain Avenue in Northside, the city of Cincinnati is holding a press conference to celebrate the awarding of the prestigious Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Designation from the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service for three sites on city
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