Cultural Gardens
  • African American Garden

    "Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.”  (From a speech delivered at The National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on March 31, 1968, Congressional Record, April 9, 1968) The Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project at Stanford University

    People Represented in the African-American Cultural Garden (proposed)

    Prominent African-Americans noted in The Cleveland Memory Project

    Further Reading on African-American History

    Africans in America- PBS Programming from 1998

    The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture

    The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History- entry for African-Americans

    Slide shows on Black History in Cleveland

    African Americans in Cleveland, The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History