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A Lenten Journey through Black History in Rural Ohio

The Catholic Rural Life Conferences and Anti-Racism Task Force of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Social Action Office invite you to join a series of three presentations looking at three unique aspects of African American history in southwestern Ohio.

During this time of reflection, we invite you to journey with us into our history to learn how our Black sisters and brothers came to our part of the state – how communities formed, what they looked like, how they interacted with (or were invisible to) neighboring communities, and where they are now. To learn from our history is to equip ourselves to move forward with compassion and solidarity. Please join us for one, two, or all three of our events. You can find descriptions and link to all of the events at

To join the events, simply click on the links listed.

Monday, February 22, 7:00pm

The Community Within: Discovering African American History in Rural Ohio

Presenter: Professor Ric Sheffield, Chair of the American Studies Department at Kenyon College

Thursday, March 4, 7:00pm

Carthagena—Ohio’s Largest Free Black and Mulatto Settlement

Presenter: Mary Ann Olding, President & Owner of Old World Research Company

Thursday, March 11, 7:00pm

Gist Communities—Settlements of Freed Slaves: How They Happened and Continue Today

Presenters: Neil Snarr, Professor Emeritus at Wilmington College, & Peggy Mills Warner, 6th generation descendent of the Gist Community in Brown County

For any questions or assistance, please contact the Catholic Social Action Office at or 513.263.6690.

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