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Cincinnati’s Only Black-Owned Bookstore Opens!

Almost everywhere you turn in Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, you will encounter something extraordinary. There, you be surrounded by exquisite works embodied with rich African-American history, and discover a new place that will enhance your mind.

The Freedom Center is now home to Smith & Hannon – the only black-owned bookstore in Cincinnati. Originally founded in 2001 in Bond Hill, Smith & Hannon’s owner and educator of thirty-four years, Joyce Smith, envisioned a place where the African-American community could gather and embrace African-American literature and authors.


“Smith & Hannon will continue to be an accessible resource to the local community at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Now its reach will extend to readers of every age and background, extending the joy of reading and learning to a new generation of readers and future authors.” Smith states in her press release.




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Furthermore, Smith & Hannon houses an extensive collection of both non-fiction and fiction titles in a variety of genres including: autobiographies, biographies, poetry, religion & spirituality, children & young adult and more.

“We are elated to be the new home of Smith & Hannon Bookstore,” Clarence G Newsome, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, said. “It is important that we continue the tradition that Mrs. Smith began… by providing the community with access to such an invaluable resource. People of all walks of life will be exposed to the great works of many African-American authors, as well as connect with up and coming authors.”




In conclusion, Smith & Hannon is open to the public and does not require admission to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.




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Smith & Hannon’s Bookstore is located at:
50 E. Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


For more information, you can email the Smith & Hannon Bookstore, visit or call 513-641-2700, ext. 7522


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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.