Hey Black Child: The Podcast | Scared Grounds

Dreams are voices of ancestors

-African Proverb

Season 2 | Episode 6

The Hey Black Child Podcast crew talked about cemeteries this week and visited two Black sites in Cincinnati. 

Listen to the full episode!

United American Cemetery

United American Cemetery (Madisonville)--Had head stones from the 1800’s! It was peaceful and we all felt history as we stood on the unpaved road looking at the resting places of those who walked this earth long before us. 

The United American Cemetery was founded in 1883, it is the oldest cemetery in Ohio designated for Black people. It is hard to believe that segregation in America, even in death, was once the law. The ghost of Jim Crow continues to haunt our history.

According to the Union Baptist Cemetery website--

"This is the resting place of Underground Railroad figures as well as writers, politicians, businesspeople, artists, Civil Rights leaders, and many military veterans, including at least 55 African American veterans of the Civil War."

Learn More--http://www.union-baptist.net/about-us/our-history/united-american-cemetery/

Union Baptist Cemetery

Our second stop was Union Baptist Cemetery (Westside)- which has received a lot of attention recently and is home to Cincinnati history. It is a little bigger and the ancestors there have stories that are known throughout the city! 

Established in 1864, the Union Baptist Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Hamilton County at its original location purchased, maintained, and still used by a black congregation. That title has lots of caveats but the history is not up for debate!

We want to thank Sherrod Brown for telling us about his work to help restore these spaces to help celebrate our ancestors!

Learn More --https://www.union-baptist.net/about-us/our-history/union-baptist-cemetery/

We found the following statements on Sen. Brown's website--

“Earlier this year, I joined a group of leaders to visit Union Baptist Cemetery in Cincinnati, and see all the work that was needed to restore the burial ground to the place of honor that it should be. We worked with the community and with civil rights and veterans groups, and yesterday I joined leaders in Cincinnati to announce our legislation to preserve historic Black burial grounds around the country. The bipartisan African American Burial Grounds Network Act would create a voluntary, nationwide network of African American burial grounds, and it would provide federal resources to ensure sites like Union Baptist are preserved and maintained for future generations,” said Brown.

This bill, the African American Burial Grounds Network Act, would:

  • Create a voluntary, national database within the National Park Service of historic African American burial grounds and;

  • Provide grant opportunities and technical assistance to local partners to research, identify, survey and preserve the burial grounds.

You can track the process of the bill here -- https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s2827

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