slavery

This illustration shows four white men on the banks of a river or creek, an empty horse-drawn wagon visible behind them. A wooden rowboat carrying two African American men
L.J. Bridgman / Ohio History Connection

Before the Civil War, thousands of people escaped slavery by traveling north through Ohio on the Underground Railroad, a loose system of safe "stations" where abolitionists and humanitarians gave aide and shelter to formerly enslaved people.

Ohio History Connection

The Ohio Constitution bans slavery except for one reason, and at least one Black lawmaker wants that exception stripped from the state’s governing document.

The killing of George Floyd has ignited protests and inspired conversations — and changes — across the globe.

The dance group Dance Elite Performance Academy performs at a Juneteenth celebration.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

As hundreds of Columbus residents celebrated Juneteenth on the city’s East Side, the city government moved to formally recognize June 19 as a holiday.

Corporate executives and sports officials are joining a growing number of elected officials who want to recognize Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery, as an official U.S. holiday. The movement is being fueled by the Black Lives Matter protests demanding reforms following the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25.

Juneteenth, which is on June 19, has long been an important holiday in the African American community, a time for celebration rather than mourning and remembrance.

Slavery Reparations

Feb 18, 2020
A large woodcut image of an enslaved man appeared in an 1837 publication of an antislavery poem.
Library of Congress

The debate for reparations for African Americans and the descendants of slaves is one that has persisted since the official end of slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

The next time you make a pit stop along the Ohio Turnpike, you can also get a little history lesson.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled Underground Railroad historical markers at two Ohio Turnpike rest areas Wednesday.

The first unveiling was at the Commodore Perry Service Plaza, an eastbound service stop in Clyde. The second was at the Portage Service Place, a westbound service stop in Mantua. Both locations were chosen because of ties to the Underground Railroad.

The University of Cincinnati's Uptown campus is experiencing record growth in student enrollment, particularly among first generation students and people of color.

The History And Legacy Of American Slavery

Jan 20, 2020
A large woodcut image of an enslaved man appeared in an 1837 publication of an antislavery poem.
Library of Congress

Four hundred years ago, slavery officially began in America.

It started with the sale of 20 humans in Virginia. According to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World before slavery was declared over in 1865.

Cincinnati Council may consider a proposal to change the name of a street just south of the University of Cincinnati's campus that carries the name of an enslaver. A council committee discussed the idea and the full council could take up the issue Wednesday.

The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename the College of Arts and Sciences Tuesday.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra on stage
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The Columbus Symphony is taking on the Underground Railroad.

The History And Legacy Of American Slavery

Sep 27, 2019

400 years ago, slavery officially began in America. 

It started with the sale of 20 humans in Virginia. According to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World before slavery was declared over in 1865.

Although slavery might be an afterthought for most these days, its lasting impact touches nearly every aspect of our society, from social identity and culture to housing and healthcare. 

Today on All Sides, recounting the history of slavery and the enduring legacy.

The History And Legacy Of American Slavery

Sep 3, 2019

Four hundred years ago, slavery officially began in America.

It started with the sale of 20 humans in Virginia. According to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World before slavery was declared over in 1865.

Although slavery might be an afterthought for most these days, it’s lasting impact touches nearly every aspect of our society, from social identity and culture to housing and healthcare.

Today on All Sides, recounting the history of slavery and the enduring legacy.

The History And Legacy Of American Slavery

Aug 22, 2019

400 years ago, slavery officially began in America. 

It started with the sale of 20 humans in Virginia. According to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World before slavery was declared over in 1865.

Although slavery might be an afterthought for most these days, it’s lasting impact touches nearly every aspect of our society, from social identity and culture to housing and healthcare. 

Today on All Sides, recounting the history of slavery and the enduring legacy.

The City of Columbus African American Cultural Festival is August 23 and 24 at Mayme Moore Park. 

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