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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 about 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.
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In 1965, Carl Stokes narrowly lost his first mayoral bid in Cleveland. But that setback proved to be no more than a bump in the road, as he broke through in 1967 to become the first African American mayor of a major city. When the Cuyahoga River infamously 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, 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 15 terms, leaving a lasting legacy as one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus. Check out Louis’ Washington D.C. desk 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 an intermediate step 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. But 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 more than 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 efforts to bring jobs and economic development to his Glenville neighborhood.
The Cleveland History Center also shines a light on some lesser-known facets of local African American history:
Any visit to the Cleveland History Center in University Circle brings our city’s storied 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 collections. Through the use of its vast and varied collections in the areas of family history, community history, entrepreneurship, and technological...