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African Americans In YS Section

  • Marking Black food traditions in Yellow Springs

    Com’s restaurant, MaJaGa Bar and Jazz Club, the Union House Hotel — these are all businesses that thrived in the Yellow Springs of yesteryear.

  • Walk to honor Juneteenth, Black history

    In its second year as both an official Village and a federal holiday, Juneteenth will be celebrated in Yellow Springs on Sunday, June 19, beginning with a 10-mile walk from Wilberforce to the village and culminating in a celebration at the Bryan Center.

  • A brief history of Omar Circle

    One of the nation’s few housing subdivisions built by an African American developer is nestled in a location that spans 21.2-acres and includes houses situated across the street from Yellow Springs High School, and just down the road from Gaunt Park.

  • Black-owned businesses in Yellow Springs: an oral history

    In decades past, a villager could walk through town and encounter a host of businesses owned by Black residents of Yellow Springs.

  • Karen McKee honored at Martin Luther King Day event

    Over a blanket of snow, more than 100 villagers marched through downtown Yellow Springs in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march on Monday, Jan. 17.

  • Village elders reflect on the Black experience, Pt. III

    This is the final article in a three-part series featuring African American elders who live in Yellow Springs.

  • Village elders reflect on the Black experience, Pt. II

    Villagers Paul Graham and Phillip Lawson spoke about their experiences growing up and living in integrated communities in Dayton and Yellow Springs.

  • Village elders reflect on the Black experience, Pt. I

    Longtime villagers Frances Smith and Geneva Brisbane reflected on their experiences with racism and segregation during the “Elders Speak” virtual event held last month. The event was sponsored by The 365 Project.

  • Wheeling Gaunt sculpture unveiled in downtown Yellow Springs

    Standing over six-feet tall and glinting with a deep bronze exterior, a lifesize statue of 19th-century Yellow Springs resident, philanthropist and formerly enslaved man Wheeling Gaunt, was unveiled on Saturday, Oct. 2, to joyous celebration and fanfare.

  • 365 Project — Exploring Black ancestry at Glen Forest Cemetery

    On Saturday, July 24, people slowly trickled into Glen Forest cemetery, lingering near the cannon commemorating the service of veterans during the Civil War, including Black soldiers who are buried in the cemetery.

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