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What have black
relationships to land
looked like in
Cleveland?
A history of Black/Land in Cleveland
• 1850s: Abolition radicals
establish “Hope” on the
Underground Railroad
• 1890s: Afr...
A history of Black/Land in Cleveland
1910-1930:
• Black population of Central
Ave. quadruples during
Great Migration.
• Ea...
A history of Black/Land in Cleveland
1940-1960 : Second Great
Migration: 30% of Cleve
population is black
1950s: Hough and...
How do you want land to be used
in your community?
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Food Race Justice 2014 Black Land Workshop

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Black land use in Cleveland 1800s-2000s

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Food Race Justice 2014 Black Land Workshop

  1. 1. What have black relationships to land looked like in Cleveland?
  2. 2. A history of Black/Land in Cleveland • 1850s: Abolition radicals establish “Hope” on the Underground Railroad • 1890s: African- Americans factory workers buy homes in Mt. Pleasant • 1809 : Black inventor George Peake settles in Cleveland • 1820-1860: Black-owned construction, manufacturing and service industry flourishes. Dairy and fruit farm laborers are eastern European immigrants.
  3. 3. A history of Black/Land in Cleveland 1910-1930: • Black population of Central Ave. quadruples during Great Migration. • East Cleveland transitions from orchards to vineyards to residential area • Racial segregation in housing, recreation starts to become the norm • Farming declines from 4,500 to 1,200 farms
  4. 4. A history of Black/Land in Cleveland 1940-1960 : Second Great Migration: 30% of Cleve population is black 1950s: Hough and Glenville neighborhoods become predominately black 1966-67: Hough and Glenville riots 1974: Equal Credit Opportunity Act: women have access to credit, homeownership 1980-2010: 500,000 people leave post-industrial Cleveland
  5. 5. How do you want land to be used in your community?

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