Livin' for the Weekend in Ohio!

Culture & Heritage

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. Karamu House in Cleveland. King Arts Complex in Columbus

Ohio is known for its diverse events and attractions, many of which stem from the state's rich cultural heritage and backgrounds of its people. Visiting historic sites, exploring museums and enjoying performing arts are just a few ways families can learn and connect with each other. Load the kids in the car and hit the road for a weekend of education, culture and entertainment!

It is said that "You can't know where you're going unless you know where you've been," and Ohio is home to hundreds of historical sites, including places that teach us about slavery and how thousands of African-Americans escaped to freedom. Located just across the Ohio River from states still engaged in slavery, Ohio citizens' homes and barns were heavily used stops on the Underground Railroad. For an overview of the journey to freedom, families can visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. There also are 13 Underground Railroad Station sites throughout Ohio listed with the National Park Service. Get your family together and plan a statewide tour to visit each one.

Throughout the state, families can experience the contributions of African-Americans through art by visiting Ohio's many museums. The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, located in Wilberforce, educates the public about African-American history and culture from African origins to the present with ongoing exhibits. In Columbus, the King Arts Complex offers exhibitions and cultural performances that highlight African-Americans' significant contributions to the world.

There's nothing quite like live theater, and Ohio has numerous of stages constantly providing new and diverse performances. In Cleveland, you'll find Karamu House, the oldest African-American theater in the United States. Many of Langston Hughes' plays premiered there, and Karamu has a reputation for nurturing the talents of many famous black actors, including Ruby Dee, Robert Guillaume, James Pickens, Jr. of "Grey's Anatomy" and many more. In Cincinnati, book a seat for a production at the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company, a place that exists to enlighten audiences about the wealth and value of the African-American theater, culture and history.

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