Looking for a way to celebrate the region’s history during Black History Month?
Whether you have an entire day or only a few hours, here are some events and sites to explore:
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1. The Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site, Dayton
Dunbar, one of the first nationally known African-American writers, purchased the two-story brick house at 219 N. Summit St. in Dayton in 1904 for his mother, Matilda. He spent the last years of life in the house under her care.
In 1936, the home became the first state memorial to honor an African-American. Visitors can tour the house, much of it exactly the way it was left after the poet died.
Location: 219 Paul Laurence Dunbar St. in Dayton
Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2. Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Wilberforce
Visit Youngsholm, the home of Charles Young who was the third African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He went on to achieve the rank of colonel and serve as a military attache despite being born into slavery in 1864.
Location: 1120 U.S. Route 42 East, Wilberforce
Hours: Currently tours are available by appointment only.
Call (937) 352-6757 for visitor information.
3. The Gammon House, Springfield
Visit the Gammon House, part of the network of secret routes that made up the underground railroad. The site was built in the 1850s and originally owned by a black abolitionist. It is one of only three existing “stops” in Ohio owned by a free person of color.
The home is known for secret passages and a basement tunnel.
Location: 620 Piqua Place, Springfield
While in Springfield, visit the statue of Davey Moore, a Springfield featherweight world champion boxer who died after a match at Dodger Stadium in 1963. The statue is located on Limestone Street south of downtown.
4. National Afro American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce
Share African-American history, art and culture at the museum which features regularly changing exhibits and special programs.
The museum is the permanent home of one of the nation’s largest collections of Afro-American materials, with over 9,000 artifacts and artwork, 350 manuscript collections, and thousands of photographs.
Location: 1350 Brush Row Rd., Wilberforce
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6; Seniors, $5; Youth, $3 and children 5 and younger are free
5. Visual Voices 2018: The Preacher, The Poet, The Vision
Stroll through the Schuster Center for the 11th year of an art exhibit by local African-American artists. This year’s exhibit celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King through the literary voice of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.
EbonNia Gallery curator Willis “Bing” Davis, the Victoria Theatre Association and the Shango Center for African-American Art and Culture combine for this display.
Hours: The exhibit will be on view beginning Feb. 2 and run through March 31. An artist reception will be held Feb. 11 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
6. Clark State celebrates Black History Month, Springfield
Clark State Community College will commemorate the month with numerous events for students and the community.
Amonth them, the Central State University choir will perform Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. at the performing arts center.
Tickets are free but must be reserved in person or by phone at the Clark State Performing Arts Center Box Office.
The second annual Black History Month celebration dinner with Mercy Health-Springfield will be held at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts & Conference Center on Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by contacting Tracy Yates at (937) 328-7975 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati
The museum, which opened in 2004, is dedicated to sharing the history of the Underground Railroad and exploring the continuing struggle for freedom around the world.
A two-story log slave pen in among the important artifacts on display. The slave pen, built in the early 1800s, was moved from Kentucky and reconstructed inside the museum.
Location: 50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; Seniors 60+, $13; Children ages 3-12, $10.50 and children under 3 are free. Tickets are sold until 4 p.m.