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Black History Comes Alive


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Downtown Columbus

The Ohio Statehouse is celebrating Black History Month with a series of Living History Performances, which will let you delve into African-American history in an impactful and dramatic way. Each Tuesday this month, We’ve Known Rivers, a partnership of dynamic storytellers, will share a 45-minute vignette focused on an African-American historical figure. Guests will witness a first-person interpreter who will share history like you’ve not seen it before.

Performances include Remembering Miss Rosa by Annette Jefferson on February 7; The Poet and His Song: Paul Laurence Dunbar by Anthony Gibbs on February 14; Professor Henry “Box” Brown by Rory Rennick on February 21; and George Washington Williams by Anthony Gibbs on February 28. Each living history will begin at noon in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. Groups and organizations are welcome, but please schedule in advance with Katie Montgomery at 614.728.3726 or If you cannot make it in person, you can check out the live streaming on the Ohio Channel.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the Rosa Parks Children’s Art Exhibit in the Ohio Statehouse Map Room. Entitled “The Power of One,” this K - third grade student art exhibit features work inspired by the students’ expression of how they would change things for the better. The students were prompted to share how they would make America a better place through a brave or courageous act, just as Rosa Parks did.