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Learn more about your heritage with these Cincinnati Black historic sites.
It is known that Cincinnati played a major part in abolitionism. In the 1800s, African Americans first came to the area, attracted to jobs in the riverbank slaughterhouses that were considered unfavorable to most other groups. A great influx of free African Americans, newly freed slaves and escaped slaves found Cincinnati appealing. This means there are Cincinnati Black historic sites everyone who lives or visits the city should see.
Allen Temple AME Church
7080 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237
This church is the oldest operating African American church since 1984. The mission was to provide more freedom and autonomy for worship while influencing positive change toward racial equality and community empowerment.
Black Brigade Monument
Smale Riverfront Park, W Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Black Brigade was formed in 1862 to construct barricades to defend Cincinnati from Confederate attack. Initially, members of the Black Brigade were forced into service. Then, after a public outcry, 718 African-American men volunteered for the service and formed The Black Brigade. This was the first piece of public art commissioned in Smale Riverfront Park.
Harriet Beecher Stow House
2950 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Harriet Beecher Stowe and her husband were involved in anti-slavery movements and occasionally assisted fugitive slaves along the Underground Railroad.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Rooted in the stories of the Underground Railroad, it illuminates the true meaning of inclusive freedom by presenting permanent and special exhibits that inspire, public programming that provokes dialogue and action, and educational resources that equip modern abolitionists.
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati OH 45202
Formally known as Nicholas Longworth Residence has the most important murals painted in 1843 by Robert Scott Duncanson, the first internationally recognized African American painter. The still-running Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 1986 to honor the achievements of contemporary African American artists working in a variety of disciplines.
United American Cemetery
Duck Creek Road and Strathmore Drive, Cincinnati, OH
This cemetery is said to be the oldest African American cemetery. It was founded in 1844 by the United Colored American Association. The United Colored Association’s early officers included Robert Gordon, a former slave who came to Cincinnati in 1847 and purchased his freedom and became a wealthy coal dealer.
Union Baptist Cemetery
4933 Cleves Warsaw Pike, Cincinnati OH 45238
The cemetery is the oldest Baptist African-American cemetery in Cincinnati, founded in 1864 by members of the Union Baptist Church.
Wright House Bed and Breakfast
80 W State Street, Springboro, OH 45066
Jonathan Wright Home founded by Jonathan Wright in 1815 and was built as an Underground Rail Road site, now a Bed and Breakfast.
There are a lot of Cincinnati Black historic sites that are hidden. Talk to your senior relatives and see what they know. If there are any standing sites we have missed, please let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.
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