Upcoming Events

"How Ol' Sol Jones Got Let"

Saturday, February, September 23, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Loganberry Books,
13015 Larchmere Blvd, Shaker Hts,

Restore Cleveland Hope will explore Cleveland's very significant role in the Underground Railroad.

Restore Cleveland Hope Board member Kevin Cronin has performed as Cyrus Ford in the annual Station Hope event at historic St. John Episcopal Church and at Restore Cleveland Hope’s annual The Freedom Festival at the Cozad-Bates House, 11508 Mayfield Road and as part of the 2018 Triennial FOCUS Festival.

"How Ol' Sol Jones Got Let" is a dramatic monologue, in the tradition of storytelling, describing the escape of three slaves and a free woman through Ohio from a Culpepper County Virginia plantation. The story, told by Doan Brook farmer and abolitionist Cyrus Ford, traces the escape through various points along the Ohio River into the Cleveland area prior to escaping to Canada via boats on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. Like many other American abolition tales, it is deeply linked to Ohio’s rivers and lakes, as rivers masked escape routes and Lake Erie offered safe travel to freedom in Canada. Ohio was central to the underground routes, offering more routes north than any other state, due to proximity to slave-holding states of Kentucky and Virginia, just across the Ohio River and Lake Erie on the north. 

The Story of Lucy Bagby

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Shaker Hts. Library (Main Branch)
16500 Van Aken Blvd.
The entrance to parking is on Lee Road.

Restore Cleveland Hope will be telling the story of Lucy Bagby who was the last fugitive in Cleveland before the Civil War.

"It was January 1861. Lucy Bagby was a fugitive slave whose master had located her in Cleveland and come to retrieve her."
Would the local abolitionists here be able to save her?
What were the ethical and political issues that affected her plight?
Would they resort to Civil Disobedience?
There is a lot to talk about.
Please join us for our discussion.

Restore Cleveland hope calls these stories Beloved Community Dialogues. Inspired by Martin Luther King’s vision of a Beloved Community, RCH researches and tells stories of the Underground Railroad in NE Ohio. The stories themselves have been rescued from the largely lost history of that important time in Cleveland and along Lake Erie. There were many courageous black abolitionists and their white allies who took great risks to help the Freedom Seekers continue their path to escape.

Beloved Community Dialogues

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