African Americans in Cincinnati
Six times a year, the editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center provide insights into black history and culture, showing ways in which the past and present interact by offering specially commissioned featured essays, photographic essays, and a selected list of articles that will further guide the reader. The latest Focus On looks at African American history in and around Cincinnati.
Eric R. Jackson, Guest Editor of our Spotlight on Cincinnati, is an Associate Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Jackson is the author of several books including Cincinnati's Underground Railroad, with Richard Cooper, and Northern Kentucky, a part of the Black America Series. Here he discusses the often overlooked African American history of Cincinnati Read full essay
Guest Editor Eric R. Jackson, author and Associate Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University, explores the past and present of Cincinnati's African American community. We see the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which not only illuminates the history of the Underground Railroad, but brings those lessons to modern day abolition issues, a colorful mural honoring the singer James Brown who recorded many of his early songs in Cincinnati, as well as a number of community churches with strong roots in the city that are still active today.
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The following entries have been selected to help guide readers who want to understand more about the African American experience in Cincinnati.
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