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Family Ties Connect Stories of Black History-Makers Across the Country

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The Story of Pleasant Litchford

Pleasant Litchford and his family, all freed slaves, settled in Perry Township, Ohio, now Upper Arlington, in 1832. A blacksmith by profession, he eventually became the fourth-largest landowner in the area. By the early 1900s, restrictive covenants barred people of color from living in neighborhoods across the country. Later, the remains of the Litchfords and […]

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Breaking Barriers

On this episode, Charlene and Javier each tell personal stories, plus we make a stop at the best place to learn about our state’s past — Ohio History Connection. Discover the story of a freed slave who became the fourth-largest landowner in what’s now Upper Arlington, a local drug-prevention and youth leadership program, and artifacts […]

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Next time, meet Columbus change-makers, past and present. Discover the story of a freed slave who became the fourth-largest landowner in the Upper Arlington area, a local drug-prevention and youth leadership program, and artifacts from a civil rights organization in Columbus. Watch at 8:30pm Thursday, April 5 on WOSU TV!

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