Black History Month at the Ohio History Center
Feb. 01 2024
Ohio History Center 800 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH, USA Open in Google Map
Museum Open Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Programs will happen at different times.
Adult - $16 Senior (60+) - $14 College Student (with ID) - $14 Child (4-12) - $10 Child (3 & under) - Free Ohio History Connection member - Free

Join us this month for daily programing highlighting the many incredible Black Ohioan’s who’ve made history here. Special programs, activities and film screenings will showcase that African American History is Ohio History.

Check out the list of timed programs going on this month below! More programs will be added so be sure to check back here. Programs included with museum admission.


Friday, Feb. 9, 16 & 23 at 3 p.m.

Special Documentary Screening: The Green Book: Guide to Freedom 

Presented by the Smithsonian Channel

In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. It was called The Negro Motorist Green Book, and it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s. Explore some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns” and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph.

By the turn of the 20th century, the motor age was dawning all across the United States. African-Americans embraced the automobile and the promise of the open road, but they faced a world of danger driving to unfamiliar locales. This is the story of The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide to navigate the sometimes treacherous highways of a segregated nation. See how it became a roadmap to some of the most significant people, successful businesses, and important milestones of the Civil Rights Movement.

Please be advised that this documentary contains some violent images viewers may find disturbing.


Wednesday, Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 3 p.m.

Special Documentary Screening: Columbus Neighborhoods: King-Lincoln 

Once the cultural and commercial heart of Columbus for African Americans, this neighborhood is poised for rebirth. The renovated King Lincoln Theatre joins the King Arts Complex in shaping and developing this historic neighborhood. The area still echoes with the joyous sounds of the storied musicians who played its clubs and theaters and the din of bustling streets lined with thriving business.


Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Storytelling with Lynette Ford  

Stop by with the whole family for this special storytelling session with author and educator, Lynette Ford.


Monday, Feb. 19

Storytelling with Keila Dawson 

Author and educator, Keila Dawson will be at the Ohio History Center this Presidents Day for a special storytelling session.



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