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The Cleveland History Center does our city proud. Every exhibit — from “Cleveland Starts Here” to “Carl and Louis Stokes: Making History” — overflows with artifacts, memorabilia and thought-provoking stories from the most impactful Clevelanders.
For those looking to uncover Cleveland's rich Black History, the Center also provides a reminder of Cleveland’s place on the vanguard of the civil rights movement. Prepare to be impressed — and inspired.
In 1965, Carl Stokes narrowly lost his first mayoral bid in Cleveland. That loss proved to be a small bump in the road for the visionary, and in 1967 he broke through to become the first African American mayor of a major city. Although the Cuyahoga River caught fire shortly after he took office, Stokes’ “Cleveland NOW!” initiative fulfilled his pledge to clean up The Land and improve the city’s image.
Like his brother Carl, Louis Stokes rose from poverty to public service. After successfully arguing a civil rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967, Stokes parlayed that triumph into a distinguished career as Ohio’s first African American congressman. He represented the 21st District with distinction for fifteen terms, leaving a lasting legacy as one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus. Louis’ Washington D.C. desk is on display at the Cleveland History Center.
This prolific Cleveland-based inventor had just one goal — to make the world a safer place. In 1916, Morgan bravely donned his newly-created safety hood to rescue several trapped miners from a gas-filled tunnel beneath Lake Erie. Above ground, he also debuted the three-position traffic signal, adding a caution signal between stop and go. Yes, the world’s first “yellow light.”
Alonzo Wright paired a sharp business mind with genuine care for his customers and community. Cleveland’s first African American millionaire arrived with just six cents in his pocket. A chance meeting with a SOHIO executive led Wright to lease his own service station, where he pioneered the practice of cleaning customers’ windshields as they waited for a fill-up. Later, Wright expanded his empire through real estate investment.
The sharply-dressed pastor of Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church has been a local inspiration for over 50 years. Friend and confidante to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Reverend Caviness often collaborated with the civil rights leader during the 1960s. He continues that mission today, championing the development of a job-creating hemp plant in the Glenville neighborhood.
The Cleveland History Center also shines a light on some lesser-known African American innovators:
Any visit to Cleveland History Center in University Circle brings our city’s history to life. Don’t miss out.
Immerse yourself in Cleveland’s black history at ThisisCleveland.com/BlackHistory.
The Cleveland History Center houses exhibits that tell the story of Northeast Ohio through items, documents and artifacts from a variety of...