African Americans in Cincinnati
Courtney Groeschen, Cincinnati Museum Center
The Cincinnati Museum Center is located in Queensgate, several blocks away from Cincinnati's West End– the heart of the African American community in the city until the 1940s. The Museum Center was originally called Cincinnati Union Terminal when it opened in 1933 as a passage railroad station that enabled thousands of individuals to travel from coast-to-coast via train.
Hundreds of local laborers were used to build this facility, including numerous African American Cincinnatians. Though a small section still functions as a train station, with the decline of rail travel most of the building was converted to other uses, and now houses two museums (The Cincinnati History Museum and the Museum of Nature History and Sciences), an I-MAX theater, and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library and Archives, as well as other special travelling exhibitions.