Conflict on the Ohio: The 1858 “Colored” Convention in Cincinnati
with Christine Anderson, Nancy Yerian and students from Xavier University
7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20 at Xavier University, Logan 100
This event is free, but spaces are limited and registration is required. Registration will be available on January 22.
In honor of Black History Month, join us for an evening celebrating the leaders and activists of Cincinnati’s nineteenth century African-American community. Using photographs to gain a unique perspective, discover more about the political, social and educational organizations established by the city’s resilient African-American population that helped shape Cincinnati.
Dr. Christine Anderson will lead the discussion by highlighting a rediscovered document. This document, created by members of the Allen Temple AME Church for white Methodist Episcopalians, explains their opposition to an approved colonization plan. Historian Nancy Yerian, along with students from the “African-American Struggle for Equality” Xavier course, will then conduct an online tour of “Conflict on the Ohio: the 1858 ‘Colored’ Convention in Cincinnati.” Part of coloredconventions.org, the online exhibition illustrates the responses by Cincinnati’s African-American community to the Fugitive Slave Law, Margaret Garner’s escape from bondage and devastating capture, and local participation in the Underground Railroad. Highlighted individuals include Frances Ellen Watkins, John Mercer Langston and Charles Langston, Peter Clark, and Wallace Shelton.
In collaboration with Xavier University