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Harriet Beecher Stowe House explores historic Black leaders of Madisonville

Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Note: a previous version of this story incorrectly named Jenny Bryan as Jenny Bryant.

Madisonville's rich history includes many prominent Black leaders who contributed to the community's success and laid the foundation for the culture and character of the neighborhood today. According to local historian Chris Hanlin, when the community was established in 1809 it was predominantly white; after the Civil War came an influx of African Americans.

Leaders including school principal Jenny Bryan and Braxton Cann, the first Black physician at Cincinnati General Hospital, worked for justice and inclusion. Hanlin will share their stories during a talk at the 1st Unitarian Church on Reading and Linton Ave on Feb. 5 at 4:30 p.m. The event is part of theHarriet Beecher Stowe House’s series of programs this month centered around Black history.

On Cincinnati Edition, we discuss Madisonville's rich history and how Black leadership continues to be a force for change in the community.


  • Chris Hanlin, local historian and architect
  • Rose Mary Tanks, Madisonville resident

Listen to Cincinnati Edition live at noon M-F. Audio for this segment will be uploaded after 4 p.m. ET.

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