Presidents in Art around Cleveland – Garfield

James A. Garfield was the 20th President of the Untied States. He was born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio in 1831. He represented Ohio in the House for nine terms. In 1880, he became the Republican nominee for President and won that November. His term as President was only four months long, when on July 2, […]

Black History Month – Carl Stokes

Carl Stokes was mayor of Cleveland from 1967 – 1971. He was the first African-American elected to mayor in a large US city. In 1967 he ran against Seth Chase Taft, the grandson of former President Taft and won. Carl Stokes was born in 1927 in Cleveland. His family lived in the first public housing […]

Black History Month – Jesse Owens

February is Black History Month, therefore we will be taking a look throughout the month at famous African- American Clevelanders. We start with Jesse Owens. Born James Cleveland Owens, he moved from Alabama to Cleveland in his youth with his family as part of the Great Migration north for many African-Americans. Jesse Owens was a […]

Fed’s Henry Hering Statues

Henry Hering (1874 – 1949) has public art throughout Cleveland, including the Guardians of Traffic on the Hope Memorial Bridge, work at Severance Hall and the Cleveland Federal Reserve. Today we look at the two statues the grace the main entrance to the Federal Reserve – Security and Integrity. Security wears a crown of oak […]

Letter from Lt. Dillard Firse

Today, is the 100 anniversary of the end of WWI. Cleveland’s newspaper, the Plain Dealer, published a letter from Army Lt. Dillard Firse (from Cleveland) 100 years ago describing the end of the war for him and the members of the all-black 336th Infantry Regiment while in France during the war. Lt. Dillard Firse’s letter […]

Spooky Cleveland – Indian Chief Joc-O-Sot

Spooky Cleveland – One of my favorite spooky Cleveland ghost stories involves, Sauk Indian Chief, Joc-O-Sot. He died in Cleveland in 1844 and is buried in Erie Street Cemetery. But rumor has it that he had wished to be buried closer to his birthplace (probably somewhere in current Minnesota or Wisconsin). His burial in Cleveland […]

Cleveland LGBT History – Francis Millet

October is LGBT History Month – Most Clevelanders know Francis Millet (1846 – 1912) for his work in the old Cleveland Trust Bank Building (today Heinen’s Grocery Store) in downtown. He painted the 13 murals that are below the glass dome and depict the founding of the New World and more specifically that of Cleveland. […]

Cleveland LGBT History – “Newspaper Annie”

October is LGBT History Month. Over the next couple posts we’ll take a look at some Cleveland LGBT history and people. Today we look at “Newspaper Annie”, Anna Perkins (1849 – 1900). Now her sexuality is not know for sure but her actions did challenge gender norms of the time and did cause her ridicule […]