Learn more about your heritage with these Cincinnati Black historic sites.
Cincinnati played a tremendous part in abolitionism. In the 1800s, African Americans came to the area, attracted to jobs in the riverbank slaughterhouses that were considered unfavorable to most other groups.
A significant 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 in or visits the city should see.
Everyone can delve into rich African American history. Visitors do not have to wait for Black history month. Check out these historic sites today!
Cincinnati Black Historic Sites
7080 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237
Allen Temple AME Church is the oldest operating African American church since 1984. The mission was to provide more freedom and autonomy for worship for Blacks. Done so while influencing positive change toward racial equality and community empowerment.
Smale Riverfront Park, W Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Black Brigade was formed in 1862 to construct barricades to defend Cincinnati from Confederate attacks. 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.
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.
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Rooted in the stories of the Underground Railroad, the Freedom Center illuminates the true meaning of inclusive freedom. It presents exhibits that inspire, programming that provokes dialogue and action, and educational resources that equip.
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316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Taft Museum has the most impressive murals painted in 1843 by Robert Scott Duncanson. He is the first internationally recognized African American painter. The still-running Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 1986. The program honors the achievements of contemporary African American artists working in various disciplines.
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. He was a former slave who came to Cincinnati in 1847 and became a wealthy coal dealer.
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.
80 W State Street, Springboro, OH 45066
Jonathan Wright founded the Jonathan Wright Home in 1815. It was built as an Underground Rail Road site and now is a Bed and Breakfast.
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Black Cincinnatians can bring more attention to these sites by visiting. Also, talk to 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.
Need more historical sites? Check out these Ohio Historical Attractions that pay homage to the state’s rich heritage. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources also offers a collection of historic locations.
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Interested in learning more about Cincinnati’s Black History? Check out the following Black History resources
Written by: Crystal Kendrick
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