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From The Grave to The Cradle: Restoring African American History

February 29 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Mercantile Library

From The Grave to The Cradle
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Hear historic stories about Union Baptist Church’s cemetery during From the Grave to the Cradle.


Join the Mercantile Library for a very special afternoon of history and conversation as two local historians present From the Grave to The Cradle: Restoring African American History in Cincinnati. Presenters Carl Westmoreland, Senior Historian at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and Chris Hanlin, retired architect-turned-history researcher, will discuss both the historical actions and current impact of those interred at Cincinnati Union Baptist Church‘s cemeteries.


The reception begins at 1:30 pm and the program begins at 2 p.m. From the Grave to the Cradle is free and open to the public. Reservations requested via ticketing, or by calling 513-621-0717 or emailing reservations@mercantilelibrary.com. All tickets are available to purchase online while supplies last.
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Union Baptist Church will continue the conversation the following day, Sunday, March 1st at Union Baptist Church, 405 West Seventh Street, Cincinnati, OH 45203. The program will begin at 2:30 PM and speakers will be Dr.  Paul LaRue and Arzell Nelson.



About Mercantile Library
The Mercantile Library occupies the 11th and part of the 12th stories of The Mercantile Library Building in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. It is one of the nearly two-dozen surviving membership libraries in the United States. Since 1835, it has continuously sought out dynamic lecturers and speakers, experts on a wide array of subjects. Also, the library contains over 80,000 volumes and covers a broad range of subjects, including contemporary fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and more.


About Union Baptist Church Cemetary
Founded in 1864, Union Baptist is the oldest in situ cemetery in Hamilton County. It is purchased, maintained, and still managed by the historic Union Baptist Church. Since its inception, it has been one of the only places that African Americans could be buried in the city of Cincinnati, and as such, serves as the final resting place for many notable historical figures including two descendants of Thomas Jefferson, five Union Baptist ministers, a female abolitionist, dozens of American veterans including a Civil War-era Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, an Ohio legislator, a founder of a national church denomination, and a prominent woman educator.

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The Mercantile Library
414 Walnut Street, 11th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States
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