Programs for Black History Month
January 30, 2024

Programs for Black History Month
(Columbus, OH) - The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will celebrate Black History Month with four 60-minute programs. These programs will be presented every Tuesday, starting on February 6 and ending on February 27, in the Statehouse Atrium at noon. Melvin Barnes with Ohio Humanities will introduce the documentary The Lincoln School Story, Columbus Metropolitan Library will talk about the Underground Railroad, Executive Director of the Lincoln Theater Suzan Bradford will speak, and magician, storyteller and educator Rory Rennick will present The Henry “Box” Brown Show.

All events are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but large groups and schools may save their seats by calling 614-728-3726.

Scheduled noon presentations include:

Feb. 6- The Lincoln School Story.
Ohio Humanities will show the new 20-minute documentary, The Lincoln School Story. The documentary follows a group of mothers and their children, the Lincoln School Marchers, in Southwest Ohio. They heroically fought for school desegregation for over two years to continue the fight for equality in one of the longest-sustained actions of the Civil Rights movement.

Feb. 13- The Underground Railroad.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library will talk about Ohioans’ role in this brave fight for freedom and teach participants how to find homes on the Underground Railroad route.

Feb. 20- The Lincoln Theater.
Suzan Bradford will speak on the history and restoration of the Lincoln Theater in Columbus. As part of this presentation, she will also bring a singer for a short performance.

Feb. 27 – The Henry Box Brown Show.
Rory Rennick will present the motivational and informative “The Henry Box Brown Show.” This entertaining show brings to life the experience of Professor Henry “Box” Brown, an escaped slave-turned-magician. The program will include a Q&A segment and incredible feats of prestidigitation!

Each program will be live-streamed and recorded by

On Tuesdays in February, the Capitol Café will offer a discount for lunches. Visit the Café on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse for more details.