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A Lenten Journey through Black History in Rural Ohio – Session 2
March 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Catholic Rural Life Conferences and Anti-Racism Task Force of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Social Action Office invite you to join us for a series of three presentations looking at three unique aspects of African American history in southwestern Ohio.
The talks will operate independently so attendees can join for the whole series or simply the one or two that work for their schedules. All talks will take place over Zoom.
Carthagena—Ohio’s Largest Free Black and Mulatto Settlement
White mobs during the Cincinnati Riots of 1829 forced half of the 2,250 black people to escape from the city. In 1835, along with abolitionist Augustus Wattles, fifteen free black families fled north, and purchased hundreds of acres in Mercer County. Mulatto Charles Moore plotted the Village of Carthagena in 1840, and by 1860 more than 600 blacks and mulattos lived on their farms nearby. Hear the history of these pioneers who established Ohio’s largest rural pre-Civil War black community.
Presenter: Mary Ann Olding, President & Owner of Old World Research Company