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.