Cincinnati Cultural Sites
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center interprets the secretive Underground Railroad better than any other venue in the world by featuring insightful, emotionally challenging exhibitions and programs describing the determination, courage, ingenuity and breadth of people who rescued our ancestors from America’s Holocaust. You should visit the nearby Underground Railroad sites and other cultural attractions.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
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DESCRIPTION: Possibly the first Hip-Hop Youth Arts Center and certainly an amazing concept that should be copied nationwide; a safe space where 14-24 year olds have access to recording studio resources, DJ sessions, Hip-Hop Dance training; the center is youth-driven and provides a positive creative outlet to their expression. Trust and relationships co-mingle in exciting ways that may be the future of Hip-Hop. Donations to the center are welcome.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 3p-8p
ADDRESS: 1100 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH MAP
Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre and School of African Cultures
DESCRIPTION: Experienced teachers train you to get your drumming and dancing on; this wonderful school features ongoing quarterly classes at affordable prices.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 9a-6p
ADDRESS: 5601 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH MAP
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
DESCRIPTION: A cultural and educational center that promotes black history, this house was built by Lane Seminary in 1833 to serve as the residence of that institution’s president; Harriet Beecher moved to Cincinnati from Connecticut in 1832 with her father, Dr. Lyman Beecher, who had been appointed president of the seminary; in Cincinnati where Harriet learned about the evils of slavery, which inspired her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The book is credited with inspiring thousands of European Americans to become abolitionists, joining the fight to end slavery and assisting the Underground Railroad.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-2p (May-Labor Day), Thu, Sat 10a-1p (Labor Day-Thanksgiving), Closed (Thanksgiving-January 31st), Thu, Sat 10a-1p (February-April)
ADDRESS: 2950 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 800-847-6507 or 513-632-5120
John Parker Museum
DESCRIPTION: John Parker was a free slave who bought his freedom for $1,800 and set up and had a foundry in Ripley, Ohio, an important stop on the underground railroad and about an our east of Cincinnati. At night, he brought slaves to freedom and housed them in his home.
DAYS & HOURS: Sat 10a-5p, Sun 1p-5p (May-December)
ADDRESS: 300 Front Street, Ripley, OH MAP
John Rankin House
DESCRIPTION: Located on Liberty Hill in, this important stop on the Underground Railroad about an hour east of Cincinnati, is the home of this widely-known White Presbyterian preacher who aided in the efforts of the Underground Railroad; today visitors can climb the refurbished “Stairway to Liberty” that slaves once used to reach Rankin’s hilltop home and safety
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sat 10a-5p (May-October)
ADDRESS: 6152 Rankin Road, Ripley, OH MAP
Statue of James Brawley
DESCRIPTION: James Brawley, who purchased his freedom and became one of the first African American students at Lane Theological Seminary and the only African American to participate in the Great Lane Seminary Debates on Slavery.
ADDRESS: located on Riverside Drive, Covington, KY MAP
National Afro-American Museum Cultural Center
DESCRIPTION: This valuable museum on Wilberforce University campus reopened in 2013
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sat 9a-4p
ADMISSION: Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children (6-18) $3, Children (5 and under) FREE
ADDRESS: 1350 Brush Row Road, Wilberforce, OH
PARKING: on campus