Elm Street School, the Frederick Douglass School building, 1872

Walnut Hills north of McMillan Street annexed itself to the city of Cincinnati in 1870, at the height of progressive Black Reconstruction. The merger included Cincinnati’s Colored School Board. It resulted in the creation of a Walnut Hills district and the prompt construction of a new Elm Street Colored School. The report of the  Cincinnati[…]

Robert Gordon, businessman

The first issue of the Journal of Negro History appeared in 1916. The first article, written by the editor Carter G. Woodson, described another former slave who purchased his own freedom and eventually found his way to Walnut hills. The closing paragraphs read: “A much more interesting Negro appeared in Cincinnati, however, in 1847. This[…]