Monthly Meeting: Walking Tour: Famous Local African-American Leaders in History

  • 6/14/2022 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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  • Monthly Meeting: Walking Tour: Famous Local African-American Leaders in History

    What do Newton Allen, Powhatan Beaty, Consuelo Clark-Stewart and Sarah Fossett all have in common? All were famous African-Americans who excelled in their fields, lived in Cincinnati and were buried at Union Baptist Church Cemetery. You see, there was a time that African-Americans could not be buried alongside their fellow white citizens in public cemeteries. So, they set out to build their own beautiful memorial garden on the westside of Cincinnati. Recently restored, The Union Baptist Cemetery stands as a place of solitude for our black community to remember their families and their leaders of yester years.

    Join us for our monthly meeting in June, Tuesday 6/14 at 6:30 pm for a guided walking tour led by local historian and architect Chris Hamlin. Chris will lead us through this historical cemetery and introduce us to politicians, war heroes, abolitionists, athletes, activists, and other notable members of the African American community buried here. Meet legends of baseball, jazz, writers, educators and yes-even a minister or two!

    This walk will last about 90 minutes and will require good sturdy gym shoes for walking. While the cemetery is small compared to most cemeteries and is mostly flat, we will be trekking off the main path onto the grounds. It will be a slow pace with lots of stopping and discussing of gravesites and the people buried there. Please dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and I recommend bringing water.

    Bring a friend and enjoy our evening together surrounded by history and nature.

    Chris Hamlin is a local historian and architect. He is Coauthor of the book Bicycling Through Paradise: Historical Tours Around Cincinnati. He has given lectures on African-American cemeteries in Cincinnati's Mercantile Library and at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. He is a longtime volunteer in the genealogy library of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. He is on the Black History Sites Advisory Committee of the Cincinnati Preservation Association.