Lincoln Avenue in 1870: What did men do all day?

We have been looking at the Census data from 1870 and 1880 to understand the people who lived on what became Lincoln Avenue in 1877. The last post looked at women in 1870; this one will look at men. The most striking gender difference comes in the variety of occupations assigned by the census taker[…]

Lincoln Avenue in the 1870’s and 1880’s

From early in Walnut Hills history, Lincoln Avenue was at the heart of a vibrant, diverse community. Using the 1870 and 1880 census along with other sources, we can learn about the people who lived there, how they compared to others in Walnut Hills, and how that area developed in the period from the Civil[…]

Jennie Jackson DeHart and the Fisk Jubilee Singers

Jennie Jackson sang in the original Fish Jubilee Singers beginning in 1871. In 1885 she married the Nashville preacher Andrew J. DeHart, and the couple promptly returned to DeHart’s hometown of Cincinnati. Jennie Jackson Dehart continued her concert career with variations on the Jubilee Singers as her husband took over as principal at the Colored[…]

Eden Park after Reconstruction: Presidents, Politics and Forestry

The 1882 Arbor Day celebration intersected with other history around the end of Reconstruction. It was as much an occasion for forgetting as for remembering – forgetting the Civil War and remembering a longer shared American history, reintegrating the states of the southern rebellion into the Union. The chance meeting of Col. A. E. Jones[…]

Frederick Alms

Frederick Alms, a native Cincinnatian born in 1839, graduated from Woodward High School and began to work for an uncle in the dry goods business. He heard Abraham Lincoln’s “bugle blast” in 1861 and enlisted in the Union Army, along with his cousin William Doepke. Their regiment, the Sixth Ohio Volunteers, saw hard service in[…]

Benjamin W. Arnett

Benjamin W. Arnett, a free African American born in Pennsylvania in 1838, moved to Walnut Hills in 1867 to pastor Brown Chapel, the AME church organized in educator Peter Clark’s home. Arnett stayed at Brown Chapel through 1870; he occupied many pulpits in Ohio, including long service at Cincinnati’s much larger Allen Temple at Sixth[…]

Black Teachers during Reconstruction

Reconstruction presented a brief, brilliant decade of tremendous progress and optimism for the four million African American citizens of the US. Cincinnati’s Colored John I. Gaines High School and its Normal School for training teachers, under the leadership of Black Walnut Hills resident Peter Clark, made significant contributions to the creation of new schools for the[…]

Cincinnati Black Brigade

Black Walnut Hills resident Peter Clark wrote the earliest history of Cincinnati’s Black Brigade formed during the Civil War in late 1862. This service came a number of months before the large-scale recruitment of the Contrabands, enslaved people who liberated themselves by moving behind Union army lines, beginning in 1863. Clark’s account forms the core[…]