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Sumner presents discussion series on Marion's Black history

Ohio State Marion Professor of History, Dr. Margaret Sumner leads a series of free public lectures in downtown Marion summer of 2023 focusing on the history of Black citizens in Marion.

Sumner will present the inaugural lecture entitled, A.P. Henderson and his Marion Barbershop: Building Black Networks in Early Ohio, 1865-1900, Monday, June 5, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Harding Centre Ballroom, 267 West Center Street, Marion, Ohio.  The community is invited to join the lecture series for a bite to eat and a trip into history to meet some of Marion’s enterprising Black citizens of the past.

Additional upcoming presentations by Sumner include at the Harding Centre include, Patriotism and Protest: Black Citizens Modernizing Marion: 1900-1950, on Monday July 10, 6 to 8 p.m., and Organized Against Racism, Open to Innovation: New Black Networks on Monday, August 7, 6 to 8 p.m.

This community lecture series is sponsored by: The Ohio State University at Marion, The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Black Heritage Council, The Peace and Freedom Committee, the Shepherd’s Fellowship, Lois J. Fisher & Associates, and the Marion Chamber of Commerce