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Framed photos of Butcher Family sit against wooden wall.

Local Organizations Hope to Cash in on Cultural Tourism Trend

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) —  Off the winding Route 33 and 12 miles east of Athens, a town with two names was founded in the 1800s by seven formerly enslaved African Americans: Tablertown, or Kilvert, depending on who you ask and where you are. David Butcher is a direct descendent of the Tablers and says his… Read More

Front of the John Gee Black Historical Center building with American Flag blowing in front of it.

Black Historical Center in Gallipolis Receives Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Grant

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GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WOUB) — A 150 year story of segregation, perseverance and preservation resides in Gallia County thanks to a group working to preserve local Black history.  The walls of the John Gee Black Historical Center in Gallipolis are adorned with local artifacts.  The uniform of a Tuskegee airman and Porter native Henry Norman salutes… Read More

People around Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Athens Celebrates First Juneteenth As A National Holiday

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — People in Athens gathered Saturday to celebrate Juneteenth, marking the day that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, were emancipated over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.  Juneteenth celebrations have grown in the past year, said Dr. Tee Ford-Ahmed, an organizer of the free little library unveiling at Mt. Zion Baptist Church… Read More

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History Comes Alive At The Black History Month Live Museum

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Ohio University students, faculty and staff celebrated more than 400 years of African-American history Tuesday afternoon in the Baker Student Center. The Ohio University Black Graduate Student Association (OUGBSA) organized the inaugural Live Museum. “It’s called a live museum so people can engage in the museum and learn more about historical figures,” said Ebony Porter,… Read More