Eliza Bryant, a former slave, established the Cleveland Home for Aged Colored People in 1896. She was born in North Carolina to a slave mother and her mother’s master in 1827. She and her mother were freed in 1848 and made their way to Cleveland, Ohio.
While there, Eliza worked to assist African Americans moving north after the Civil War. She identified a need to support elderly African Americans especially, many of whom were left with nothing after the Civil War except their freedom. And because of racial segregation, shelters and other homes wouldn’t take them in. Bryant raised money and rallied community support for her senior home in Cleveland, which still exists today. The Eliza Bryant Village is the oldest continually operating African American long-term care facility in the United States. #WomensHistoryMonth#womenshistory#blackhistory#ohiohistory#cleveland
In 1955, Ohio’s Emma Rowena “Grandma” Gatewood was the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail solo. At 67 years old, she hiked 2167 miles in Keds sneakers to complete it.
Gatewood was inspired to hike the trail after reading an article in National Geographic and reportedly said, “If those men can do it, I can do it.” The magazine painted a rosy picture of the hiking conditions which led her to bring little in the way of outdoor gear.
Gatewood brought only a homemade knapsack, an army blanket and shower curtain to protect her from the elements during her hike. She walked through six pairs of shoes. Without a tent or sleeping bag, she slept on porch swings, under picnic tables and in piles of leaves. She also received food and shelter from people along the way.
Emma Gatewood hiked the trail again in 1957 making her the first person, male or female, to successfully tackle it twice.
Free snacks at check-in – ✔️ Free soft drinks in each room – ✔️
Luxury cloth robes to relax in – ✔️ Free continental breakfast – delivered to your room in the morning at the time you request! – ✔️ Just some of the perks you get when you stay at St. Paul Hotel. #stpaulwoo#getawayne#boutiquehotel
#OnThisDay in 1964, Ohio’s Jerrie Mock took off from the Columbus International Airport in the “Spirit of Columbus,” her red and white Cessna 180. With that flight, she became the first woman to fly solo around the world. Mock arrived back in Columbus on April 17 to cheering crowds. She later set other flying records and published a book, Three-Eight Charlie, about her historic flight. Her plane is now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
Déandra Johnson, Midwest Regional Coordinator of the National Park Service Network to Freedom Program (3rd from left) & Melissa Karman of the Sutliff Museum of Warren, Ohio (2nd from left) stopped by for a chat with Society Chairman Dave Lieberth (1st left) and Society President & CEO Leianne Neff Heppner (4th from left) about our new exhibit in the John Brown House which is funded by the NPS. It will open this summer.
Episode 11: “Ohio v. the Gilded Age” is out now!!! Episode link in bio. Learn about John Hay who was the right hand man for both Lincoln and Roosevelt in a 45 year political unrivaled in modern times. John Hay is the man!! #ohiohistory#allthegreatprizes#johnhay
Investigated this creek at the southern end of Falls Township in Hocking County this weekend. In the distance is a rather old Baptist church, but even before the church was built, this area was the location of a bridge on the McArthur Road (partly what is now Old McArthur Road) linking Logan to McArthur in central Vinton County. Nothing is there now, but using a historic imagination via understanding the site can help to imagine what it once looked like. #hockingcounty#hockinghills#church#stateroute93#creeks#history#geography#appalachianohio#ohiohistory
Old Rarey Road south of Groveport Ohio. A forgotten road; you have to cross through somebody's backyard to visit Rarey Cemetery and this stretch of road. It took me a while to figure out how to get to the small cemetery that I could only see across a farm field from an adjacent road. Finding Old Rarey Rd was an extra treat when I finally paid a visit (to photograph old grave markers) to the cemetery #oldrareyroad#groveport#ohio#2007#ohiohistory
We went to the Ohio Statehouse the other day and took a tour. It is a very interesting building. For instance, the original builders wanted to use oak wood for trim to highlight the grain in the wood. However, the oak was too expensive. They ended up using pine and poplar, but had it painted to resemble oak. This was done throughout the building when it was built around 1860.
Another interesting tidbit is that the representatives chamber and the senate chambers are different. The representatives chamber was completed first, but it was felt to be too extravagant. The Senate chamber was to be toned down for fear the people would think their money was being wasted.
There is also a rotunda, with a cupola that is 120 ft from the floor. This is the same rotunda which had John Glenn's body on display after his passing and the same was done for Abraham Lincoln when his body was being transported back to his hometown.
It's a magnificent old building full of history that you should tour for yourself one day.
Was talking to @_madickey_ about the @rustbeltyp Takeover of Columbus and rediscovered this photo of the @ohiohistory archives! This 1970 brutalist beauty is one of my favorite buildings in Columbus. I would love to see the building through the lens of @igcbus members! #igcbus#brutalism#rustbelttakeover#ohiohistory#midcenturymodern
Fayette County Court House, where in 1894 a mob battered the doors with a 20 ft. oak beam in an attempt to lynch a prisoner but were dispersed when the Ohio National Guard soldiers barricaded inside shot through the doors killing one man outright and fatally wounding four more. The bullet holes are still there.
The Ohio History Center opened in 1970, and is a brutalist beauty! Thanks to @ohiohistory we will have free passes for our Rust Belt Takeover participants as an exploration option! You will fall in love with the Lustron exhibition! Follow link in profile to stay in the loop #rustbelttakeover#brutalist#ohiohistory
Kickback to my days at @ohiohistory ! The wedding I am doing today is at @dairybarnarts which received a grant from OHC to help restore the barn as a part of the “ends of the barn” project! I just love #ohiohistory !
Following announcements that Youngstown steel mills would shut down, the United Steelworkers Association Local 1462, Brier Hill Works of Youngstown Sheet and Tube, fought to keep them open. This photo from the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor shows a March 17, 1979, rally held in downtown Youngstown, one of many community activities to raise awareness and prevent closings. #youngstown#ohiohistory#steelworkers#labor#industry
In honor of Women’s History Month, we are going to spotlight famous women who accomplished great things for humanity. This is HERstory.
Ohio native Frances Dana Gage was an active women’s rights activist, abolitionist, author, and mother of eight. In the hopes of extending women’s rights in the 1800s, Gage was heavily involved in women’s conferences throughout Ohio.
She presided over the conference in which Sojourner Truth delivered the “Ain’t I a Woman” speech in 1851. Her actions would not become fruitful until after the Civil War. Link in bio.
Written by @the_whitepages.
Information courtesy of ohiohistorycentral.org.
The City of Brecksville was founded in 1811. It was incorporated as a village under the laws of the State of Ohio in 1921 and attained City status in 1960 by virtue of its population exceeding 5,000. It is located in Cuyahoga County in northeastern Ohio, in the heart of rolling woodlands approximately fifteen miles south of the City of Cleveland. #brecksvilleohio#washprop#ohiohistory
A prominent 20th century American journalist, author and public figure, Anne O’ Hare McCormick was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times.
McCormick was born in Yorkshire, England in 1880 to American parents and brought to the U.S. as a baby. She attended school in Columbus, Ohio at College of Saint Mary of the Springs (later Ohio Dominican University).
As a journalist in the years leading up to World War II, she interviewed powerful political leaders including Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Josef Stalin. When she was invited to join the staff of the New York Times, publisher Arthur Hays Sulzberger told McCormick, "You are to be the 'freedom' editor. It will be your job to stand up on your hind legs and shout whenever freedom is interfered with in any part of the world."
With over 60 years in journalism, she achieved tremendous success despite being in a field dominated by men. In 1937, she became the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in journalism. (photo: Ohio Dominican Univ.) #WomensHistoryMonth#womenshistory#ohiohistory
Though she was born a slave in Holly Springs, Mississippi on July 16, 1862, Ida B. Wells became a prominent journalist and led a fierce anti-lynching crusade throughout the United States and Great Britain.
Before turning to journalism, Wells attended Rust College and worked as a teacher. After publishing some newspapers which critiqued the education available to African American children, her teaching contract was not renewed.
In 1883, Wells moved to Memphis where she became the editor and part owner of The Memphis Free Speech. It was at this time that Wells began her life-long mission of speaking out against the ill treatment of African Americans and discrimination against women. Wells was forced to leave Memphis in 1892 when her life was threatened for publicly condemning the lynchings of three of her friends. This backlash did not slow Wells’ efforts.
In 1903, after settling in Chicago, Illinois, Wells began the city’s first black paper, The Chicago Conservator. She continued to advocate for African Americans as she led anti-lynching campaigns nationally and internationally— even lecturing in Great Britain. She later helped organize the National Association for the Advancement of Colored people, became the first President of the Negro Fellowship in Chicago, and was strong advocate of women’s suffrage. Photo: courtesy of the Library of Congress. #womenshistorymonth#womenshistory#ohiohistory
Back in the day...and not so long ago. The Shop moved to our German Village home over 50 years ago. What a great idea! (And what an understatement!) Photo 1: Early 1967. Photo 2: Summer 2017. #germanvillagecolumbus#43206