Demographics of Cleveland 

                               White          Black       Native American          Asian          Hispanic

Total Population  40.4%         52.5%             0.3%                        1.5%                9.0%


1.Cleveland is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state. According to the U.S. Census Bureau the population was 431,639.

2. Residents of Cleveland are called Clevelanders. Nicknames for the city include "The Forest City", "Metropolis of the Western Reserve", "Sixth City", and 'The Rock 'n' Roll Capital of the World'. Due to Lake Erie's northern border with the city, the Cleveland area is also referred to by residents and local businesses as "The North Coast".

3.Carl Burton Stokes (June 21, 1927–April 3, 1996) was an American politician of the Democratic party who served as the 51st mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. Elected on November 7, 1967, but took office on Jan 1, 1968, he was the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city. Fellow Ohioan Robert C. Henry was the first African American mayor of any U.S. city (Springfield, elected 1966).

4.Cleveland possesses a humid continental climate, typical of much of the central United States with very warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters.

Radio Stations

WRUW 91.1 FM Cleveland,  OH Variety

WZAK 93.1 FM Cleveland, OH Urban Contemporary

WAKS 96.5 FM Akron, OH Top-40

W279BT (KHRI) 103.7 FM Christian Contemporary

WENZ 107.9 FM Cleveland, OH Hip Hop

WHLO 640 AM Akron, OH News/Talk

WKNR850 AM Cleveland, OH Sports

WJTB 1040 AM North Ridgeville, OH Urban Contemporary

WARF 1350 AM Akron, OH Sports

WDLW 1380 AM Lorain, OH Oldies

WABQ 1460 AM Painesville, OH Gospel Music

WWGK1540 AM Cleveland, OH Sports

A Touch of History


                                       Warren G. Harding  

                                   1st Negro President

                        From Ohio  






The book Warren G. Harding, President of the United States, is one of the rarest books ever printed in America. There are only three known copies. Of all the American presidents who died in office, none had more questions surrounding his sudden death than the 29th President, Warren Harding. The file is still missing and is one of history's most famous cases. It didn’t take Professor William Estabrook Chancellor of Wooster College (1920) to make a study of the Harding family to supply the genealogical material for “Murmuring Colored Campaign” Pamphlet. The Norman-Harding family could have supplied the information. 

PERHAPS THE MOST SURPRISING single event of Harding Presidency was his blunt speech on October 26, 1921, to a segregated crowd in Birmingham, Alabama, stating that democracy would always be a sham until African Americans received full equality in education, employment, and political life. Harding went further than any of his predecessors since Lincoln to call an end to prejudice." The first President to discuss civil rights in the South so frankly, he was loudly cheered by blacks and met with silent stares from whites as he declared: “I want to see the time come when black men will regard themselves as full participants in the benefits and duties of American citizenship. . . . We cannot go on, as we have gone on for more than half a century, with one great section of our population . . . set off from the real contribution to solving national issues, because of a division of race lines. . . . Let the black man vote when he is fit to vote, prohibit the white man [from] voting when he is unfit to vote.” HE CERTAINLY WANTED HIS FAMILY TO HAVE THE CIVIL RIGHTS HE HAD ENJOYED SINCE CROSSING THE "COLOR LINE."

What’s Happening?

African-American Genealogical Society

P.O.Box 201476,

Cleveland, Ohio 44120,

Contact: Suszanne Hawthorne-Clay 
Contact: Cliff Murray, web master

Our Beginnings

In 1990, twelve avid African-American genealogists formed a research group while researching at the Western Reserve Historical Society located in Cleveland, Ohio. AAGS has grown steadily and includes novice researchers as well as experienced genealogists, all sharing the common bond of genealogical pursuits.

The society was originally formed as the 14th chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) prior to becoming an autonomous group in 1994. AAGS is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization and a member of FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) and NGS (National Genealogical Society).



AAGS Cleveland, Ohio (AAGS) is committed to:

*Assisting novice historians in beginning their family research.
*Facilitating networking among African-American researchers who share a common heritage and culture.
*Promoting African-American genealogical studies among the larger community
*Membership is open to anyone interested in genealogy and family history. *Members share their experiences and knowledge within the society and the general public at large.

AAGS Monthly Meetings

The AAGS monthly meetings are held at: Shaker Heights Main Library, 16501 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Hts. OH 44120.


9:30am - business meeting / 10:30am - program/workshop

AAGS Study Group Updates

The individual study groups (special interest groups) established to assist AAGS members with similar interests will bring the organization up to date on their activities. *Also - Friends & Family Day* 

Freedmen’s Bureau Project
This vital indexing project created from the partnerships of FamilySearch, NARA, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Afro-American Historical & Genealogy Society, and California African American Museum will help African Americans reconnect with their Civil War-era ancestors. Supportive volunteers are needed to take these valuable historical records and index them so that they are available to the public. For more info, see



Membership in AAGS is open to all. Annual dues are $30.00 for an individual and $40.00 for an organization.


  • A starter kit containing: various forms for beginning research and organization of research; reference sheets on resources such as state libraries, archives and vital records agencies; information on how to access specific types of records; research tips.

  • Quarterly AAGS Newsletter

  • Yearly AAGS membership Roster

  • Yearly AAGS membership Surname Index

  • Access to resources of the AAGS Library

  • Opportunities to network with fellow genealogists

  • Group workshops

  • Meetings which include knowledgeable and helpful speakers

  • Opportunities to participate in group trips to research libraries and For more information, contact Suszanne Hawthorne-Clay (


1.Bop Stop Live Jazz - Cleveland Bop Stop :: Live Jazz - 2920 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH (216) 771- 6551.

2.Club 75 - Upscale Club, Dress to Impress. Jazz, R&B, and Blues - 75 Public Square Cleveland, OH (216) 832-0536

3.The Town Fryer @ The Agora - Jazz and Blues, also tasty soul food - 5000 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH (216) 431-0700.

4.Metropolis Nightclub-2325 Elm St, Cleveland, OH 44113 

(216) 241-4007.

5.Velvet Tango Room-2095 Columbus Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113 

(216) 241-8869.

6.Anatomy Night Club And Lounge- 1299 W 9th St, Cleveland, OH 4

(216) 363-1113.

7. The Treehouse-820 College Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113 

(216) 696-2505.

8.Moda Nightclub-1869 W 25th St,Cleveland, OH 44113 (216) 781-3805.

9.Lido Lounge-3029 W 117th St, Cleveland, OH 44111 

(216) 941-8870.

10.Parkview Nite Club-1261 W 58th St, Cleveland, OH 44102

(216) 961-1341.

11.Touch Supper Club-2710 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 631-5200.

12.Twist-11633 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44102. (216) 221-2333

13.Muldoon's Saloon & Eatery-1020 E 185th St, Cleveland, OH 44119. (216) 531-3130

14.Bounce Night Club-2814 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 357-2997.

15.Vada Nightclub-1437 Saint Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 526-6544.

16.Scripts Nite Club-1204 Old River Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 664-9693.

17.Blue Fig Hooka Lounge-11621 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 229-4747.

18.Cadillac Ranch Cleveland-200 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 685-0000.

19.Infinity Night Club & Grill-75 Public Sq Lbby 3, Cleveland, OH 44113. (216) 621-1085

20.Lincoln Tap House-230 W Prospect Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 348-0023.

21.Sin Nightclub-1296 W 6th St, Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 664-0799.


1.Black Culture International Parade and Festival - (August) (216) 921-2892. Event kicks off at Cleveland State University with a parade, food, entertainment, fun follows.

2.Cleveland International Film Festival -   (March) Tower City Center, Cleveland, Ohio    - 

Annual film festival featuring 200 documentaries, premieres, shorts, family, and independent films. 


3.TRI-C Jazz Fest -   Cuyahoga Community College -Featuring nationally known jazz artists 


Juneteenth Ohio Festival
Jun 2017 Dates Unconfirmed | Columbus, OH | Seasonal

Celebrating 150 years of Freedom.  

Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad Street,

Downtown Columbus, Ohio

General Admission $5.00


The Juneteenth Ohio Festival is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of African American freedom. The festival kicks off with freedom day Friday, which offers Caribbean art, music and food. Throughout the rest of the weekend, guests can see Juneteenth re-enactments, listen to some of the top gospel artists in the country or shop for ethnic arts, crafts and jewelry at the Paradise Market Place.

The 26th Annual Juneteenth Ohio Festival takes place June 18 thru June 19 2016 at the beautiful Genoa Park in Downtown Columbus Ohio from 12:00 Noon to 11pm. Juneteenth is celebrated in over 250 cities nationally and recognized by 40 million African Americans as their freedom and Independence Day. The Juneteenth festival attracts 130,000 supporters in Columbus Ohio and is considered the 3rd largest celebration in the nation.

The Juneteenth Ohio Festival is a weekend of cultural discovery for all individuals, families and communities to participate and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of African American freedom. History reveals that on June 19, 1865 when General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston Texas and read federal order number 3 to the last remaining captives, that re -building family was our first priority.


The African American Museum of Cleveland, founded in 1953 by Icabod Flewellen is the first independent African American museum in the Americas. Its mission is to store, share, and educate the public on contributions made to the world by people of African descent.


Address: 1765 Crawford Rd,Cleveland, OH 44120

Phone: (216)-721-6555

Hours:10AM TO 5PM

Monday            Closed

Tuesday            10AM–3PM

Wednesday      10AM–3PM

Thursday          10AM–3PM

Friday                10AM–3PM

Saturday           11AM–3PM

Sunday              Closed


Located in the historic Hough neighborhood of Cleveland since 1984, the African American Museum has served as an institution that has provided cultural awareness, education about Black history, and community events in addition to a collection of artifacts that represent a holistic view of the African diasporic experience.


Juneteenth, or June 19th, 1865, is considered the date when the last captives  in America were freed. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread before this, actual emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and issued General Order No. 3, on June 19th, 1865 almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

“Little Known Black History Fact From Ohio” - President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22nd, 1862, notifying the states in rebellion against the Union that if they did not cease their rebellion and return to the Union by January 1st, 1863, he would declare their Captives  forever free. Needless to say, the proclamation was ignored by those states that seceeded from the Union. Furthermore, the proclamation did not apply to those Captive -holding states that did not rebel against the Union. As a result, about 800,000 Captives  were unaffected by the provisions of the proclamation. It would take a civil war to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to formally outlaw Captivity in the United States.

When is Juneteenth Celebrated?
Annually, between  June 13 - 19th, in more than 250 cities in the United States. Some cities sponsor week-long celebrations, culminating on June 19th, while others hold shorter celebrations.

Why is Juneteenth Celebrated?
It symbolizes the end of captivity. Juneteenth has come to symbolize for many African-Americans what the fourth of July symbolizes for Americans -- Freedom for all. It serves as a historical milestone reminding Americans of the triumph our human spirit won over the cruelty of Captivity . It honors those African-American ancestors who survived the inhumane institution of bondage, compelling  pride and inspiration, in the marvelous legacy of resistance and the perseverance they left us.

The 26th Annual Juneteenth Ohio festival has something for everybody! Bring a loved one out enjoy Gospel, jazz saturday and the old school father's day concert.  Come celebrate with us, as we enjoy 2 days of music food and family fun,  together in the spirit, of African American Freedom for all.


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