We have a ton of history right here in our own neighborhood! Here are just interesting things you might not have known compiled by neighborhood resident Christina Brown.
The first black woman to earn a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati opened a practice in Walnut Hills
“Dr. Lucy Oxley was the first Black woman to earn a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, Oxley faced discrimination again while trying to find an internship position and ended up at Freedman’s Hospital at Howard University because no other institution to which she applied would accept her. Returning to Cincinnati, she started a family practice in the mainly African American community of Walnut Hills.” http://library.cincymuseum.
One of the 1st African-American military aviators grew up in Walnut Hills
Walnut Hills is home to the second Oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cincinnati
The first black-owned drugstore in Cincinnati was located in Walnut Hills and sponsored an all black baseball team
The Cincy Manggrums, a Black baseball team, were sponsored by William L. Manggrum, a pharmacist who was proprietor of the first black-owned drugstore in Cincinnati. Manggrum’s drugstore was at Chapel and Park streets in Walnut Hills. Wheeler, Lonnie, and John Baskin. “In the Shadows: Cincinnati’s Black Baseball Players.”Queen City Heritage 46 (Summer 1988): 13-19.
One of the oldest African American women’s organizations in the United States is based in Walnut Hills.
“The Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women’s Club, one of the oldest African-American women’s organizations in the United States houses its Cincinnati Chapter in Walnut Hills. The organization owns the C. H Burroughs, house, a registered national historic landmark.The building, at 1010 Chapel St., is noted for its Romanesque style, including a cylindrical corner turret flanking a gabled entrance portico.”