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An Historic Journey
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Welcome to the African American Heritage Trail of Cleveland a guided tour of the grandeur of Cleveland's black history. The accomplishment that black Clevelanders have given to our city creates a unique place in the history books.

On the tour, you'll hear inspiring stories like gas mask inventor Garrett Morgan's heroic rescue of two men trapped below Lake Erie. You'll see local landmarks honoring such native sons as Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., leader of the Tuskegee Airmen, and Olympic athlete Jesse Owens. You'll admire the vision and savvy of Eliza Bryant and Jane Edna Hunter, who built some of Ohio's most enduring social service agencies. Relive the 1967 era, when Carl B. Stokes became the first black mayor of a major U. S. city.

First stop on our tour is St. John's Episcopal Church, Cleveland's major station of the Underground Railroad, titled "Station Hope". You'll learn early in the tour the importance of the galaxy of stars, the Big Dipper, that bright beacon of the north helped slaves navigate their path to freedom a path that led directly through Cleveland.

 

African American Heritage Trail
16 Historical Sites

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