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February 21, 2024

Tice Davids: The Origins of the Underground Railroad Name

By Valerie Boyer, School and Inclusive Community Programs Coordinator The commonly held notion of the Underground Railroad is that it was a network of people, places and secret routes that spirited southern slaves from captivity to freedom. We can surmise from the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793, that enslaved folx were already making their escape […]

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February 14, 2024

Charles W. Follis: Changing the Game

By Valerie Boyer, School and Inclusive Community Programs Coordinator Charles W. Follis was born on February 3, 1879, to James Henry and Catherine Matilda Anderson Follis in Cloverdale, Virginia as the 3rd of 7 children. In 1885, the family moved to Wooster, Ohio. Follis entered Wooster College, in 1901, however, he chose to play football for the amateur Wooster […]

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February 9, 2024

Ohio’s Black Artists: A History of a Trailblazing Museum and Resources to Engage Students Today

The 2024 theme of Black History Month in the United States is “African Americans and the Arts,” and, in that spirit, this month’s Resource Roundup discusses the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center’s (NAAMCC) influence on the art world. Be sure to read on for resources on teaching art in the classroom and a list […]

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February 1, 2024

Black History Month at the Ohio History Center

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 […]

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January 24, 2024

Freed Will: The Randolph Freedpeople from Slavery to Settlement Exhibition

The Dayton Metro Library, in collaboration with the National Afro-American Museum and cultural Center, presents Freed Will: The Randolph Freedpeople from Slavery to Settlement. The exhibition will be on display at the Main Branch of the Dayton Metro Library from January 16 – March 1, 2024. In one of the largest emancipations in American history, […]

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October 18, 2023

A Madman’s Will: John Randolph, Four Hundred Slaves, and the Mirage of Freedom

Feb. 15, 2024              7 p.m.   A MADMAN’S WILL: John Randolph, Four Hundred Slaves, and the Mirage of Freedom This online program will be facilitated by Ms. Paisha Thomas, a descendant of the Randolph Freed People – a group of freed slaves who traveled by foot from Virginia to their promised land in Ohio. Author […]

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October 18, 2023

Not Your Grandmother’s Black History Lecture Series “Who needs Black History Month?” Webinar

Is Black History Month still necessary? Relevant, even? This conversation compels a reconsideration of the historical experiences and contemporary legacies associated with being Black in America. Join us online for a lively webinar that will bring a fresh perspective on the value of Black History Month, and why Black History happens 365 days a year! […]