The Usable Past – Lecture with Dr. Nikki M. Taylor
Oct. 22 2022

The Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House is pleased to welcome Dr. Nikki Taylor back to Cincinnati for a special lecture supporting the work of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Walnut Hills. Come out (or log on!) to learn from Dr. Taylor’s unsurpassed expertise in Cincinnati history and be challenged to consider how you will use your voice to create social and racial justice today.

About the speaker:
Dr. Nikki M. Taylor is a Professor of U.S. History and Chair of the Department of History at Howard University. She earned her PhD in U.S. History (and a certificate in Women’s Studies) from Duke University. Her research focus is 19th Century History, with a special focus on the History of Black Freedom in the Age of Slavery, Women’s History, Intellectual History, and Urban History. In those veins, Dr. Taylor has authored 3 books in those areas including, Frontiers of Freedom: Cincinnati’s Black Community 1802-1868 and Driven Toward Madness: The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio (2016). She is finishing her current book project, “Brooding Over Bloody Revenge:” Enslaved Women’s Lethal Resistance to Slavery.

Dr. Taylor has been awarded several prestigious fellowships and grants throughout her career, including a Fulbright to Ghana, Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Grant, and a grant to start the prestigious Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program at Howard. She is the PI on a $5 million grant Howard received earlier this year from the Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative. Throughout her career, Nikki Taylor has held several academic leadership positions including as department Chair, Interim Dean, and Historian of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

This will be a hybrid program, available with both on-site seating and livestreamed online to those who have reserved tickets. The event will take place at

First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton Street, Cincinnati, OH

Lecture Series Sponsor:
Huseman Group’s Cincinnati headquarters have been based in Walnut Hills for more than 50 years, and the Group takes pride in the dynamic history of this diverse and vibrant neighborhood. The Group’s exponential growth in the early 2000s was largely due to a passion for and expertise in historic renovation—they value history and know that it is important to preserve the past in order to learn and grow into the future.

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