Black History Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2014

Contact: Shannon Thomas, 614.297.2317

 sthomas@ohiohistory.org



Celebrate Black History Month at the Ohio History Center

Featuring national film series, theatre, curator talks and family activities

(Columbus, OH)—Join the Ohio History Connection (OHS) for Black History Month at the Ohio History Center in February for screenings of a national film series on the Civil Rights movement and theatre, curator talks, and family activities focused on African American Ohio history.

OHS is offering multiple screenings of two films as part of the national film series Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, which brings outstanding films on the long civil rights movement to communities across the United States. The first film, Freedom Writers explores a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s, when a brave band of activists challenged segregation in the Deep South. The second film, The Loving Story, tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving who were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage. Visit www.ohiohistory.org/blackhistory for show times and more information.

Enjoy February’s Echoes in Time Theatre performance with a one-woman play about Alice Dunbar Nelson, a college graduate, teacher, poet and author, who was among the first generation of African Americans born in the South after the Civil War.

Also, throughout February, you can hear Curator Talks about important African Americans in Ohio, including Robert Duncanson, a well-known landscape painter, the Mills Brothers, the popular African American jazz and pop singing group that hailed from Piqua, Ohio, and African American Civil War and World War I soldiers

The whole family can experience hands-on activities throughout the month of February that explore the African American experience in Ohio history.  Families can use their detective skills to learn about the daily life of an historic African American Ohio family, play the Inventors card matching game, and see the real Civil War Flags of two African American units.

Black History Month Event Times (Feb. 1 - 23)

  • Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Series: Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m.
  • Echoes in Time Theatre: Alice Dunbar Nelson: Saturdays, 1 and 3 p.m.
  • Curator Talks: Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.
  • Family activities: Saturdays and Sundays, throughout the day, times vary.

All films, performances, and activities are included with museum admission to the Ohio History Center. For more information, visit www.ohiohistory.org/blackhistory. The Ohio History Center is located at 800 E. 17th Ave. (I-71 and 17th).  Regular Admission: $10/Adults, $9/Seniors, $5/Children 6-12, Free/Children 5 and under, Free/OHS Members. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Contact: 800-686-6124.

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About the Ohio History Connection: Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio History Connection (ohiohistory.org) provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history through its 58 sites and museums across Ohio, including its flagship museum, the Ohio History Center in Columbus. For information regarding OHS, contact Shannon Thomas, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, Ohio History Connection: 614.297.2317, sthomas@ohiohistory.org.