How to Honor Black History Month in Dublin

February is Black History Month, which is a time to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and reflect on their impact on our collective history and culture.

The concept of Black History Month was originated by historian Carter G. Woodson and other African American leaders in the early 1900s, later becoming a federally recognized month beginning in 1976.

Dublin’s Ties to the Underground Railroad

Did you know that Dublin and nearby Shawnee Hills have connections to the Underground Railroad?

Dr. Eli Pinney’s House
Dr. Eli Morrison Pinney’s house, located in Historic Dublin, was a stop on the Underground Railroad in the mid-1800s for enslaved people fleeing from the South to Canada. The Underground Railroad stop in Shawnee Hills would have been the next likely station after Dr. Pinney’s house on South Riverview Street for those fleeing north along the Scioto River. Dr. Pinney lived from 1817 to 1907.

Listening Tube
Dr. Pinney installed a listening tube in his home, which was a brass device that connected the outside of the house to an inside room so conductors could communicate with others.

Watch House
The cut-out hand shapes in The Dublin Watch House also serve as a nod to the listening tube in Dr. Pinney’s house.

Eli Pinney Elementary
Dr. Eli Pinney’s contributions to the Underground Railroad live on with the title of Eli Pinney Elementary, named after his relation, Eli Pinney (1908-1990).

Lucy Depp Park & The Depp Settlement — Abraham Depp Freedom Station
Abraham Depp was freed under the Emancipation Proclamation and established a home locally. He, alongside Lucy Depp, helped others on their journey north by giving them a place to stay at an Underground Railroad Station in the nearby town of Shawnee Hills. Learn more about the Depps.

Lucy Depp Park & The Depp Settlement — Bell
The bell at Lucy Depp Park was an “all-clear signal” given at night to indicate it was safe to travel.

Abraham Depp Elementary
Dublin City Schools named Abraham Depp Elementary to honor the legacy of Depp and those he helped during his lifetime; the school opened in the fall of 2020.

Dr. Pinney installed a listening tube in his home, which was a brass device that connected the outside of the house to an inside room so conductors could communicate with others.

The Dublin Watch House serves as a nod to Dublin’s history with the Underground Railroad. Learn more.

Ways to Participate in Black History Month

Thanks to Dublin resident and Community Inclusion Advisory Committee member Katawi Cato for sharing this content!

Ways to Celebrate This Month

  • Support Dublin Black-owned businesses
  • Learn about Black leaders and their history
  • Listen to music or a podcast by Black creators
  • Watch movies and documentaries about the Black experience
  • Read books by Black authors at the Dublin Library
  • Make a meal inspired by Black culture
  • Plan a trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • Review art and music created by Black artists
  • Share online how you are celebrating using #DublinBHM

Support Dublin Black-Owned Businesses

Read a Book

  • The Color of Water, James McBride
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  • Just as I Am, Cicely Tyson
  • So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
  • Caul Baby, Morgan Jerkins
  • The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
  • The Promise of Change, Boyce & Levy
  • Mirandy and Brother Wind, Patricia McKissack
  • Standing on Her Shoulders, Monica Clark-Robinson
  • Kindred, Octavia E. Butler
  • Beloved, Toni Morrison
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  • Finding Me, Viola Davis
  • Unbound, Tawana Burke
  • Becoming, Michelle Obama
  • The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  • The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Ayana Mathis
  • If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Listen to a Podcast or Music

  • Black Girl Songbook
  • Earn Your Leisure
  • Brown & Black
  • Code Switch
  • Spotify: Black History Is Now
  • Apple Music: Black History Month
  • Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life
  • Nina Simone: Baltimore
  • Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On
  • John Coltrane: A Love Supreme
  • Anita Baker: Rapture
  • Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
  • Mary J Blige: My Life
  • Donny Hathaway: Live
  • Janet Jackson: Control
  • Prince: Purple Rain
  • Whitney Houston: Whitney
  • Michael Jackson: Off the Wall
  • Beyonce: Lemonade
  • Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Watch a Movie or Documentary

  • The 1619 Project (on Hulu)
  • Self Made (on Netflix)
  • Hidden Figures (on Disney+, Hulu, Prime)
  • 13th (Netflix)
  • Colin In Black & White (Netflix)
  • Black Is King (Disney+)
  • Passing (Netflix)
  • Malcolm X (Netflix)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Prime)
  • Judas and the Black Messiah (HBO Max)
  • In Our Mothers’ Gardens (Netflix)
  • The Black Godfather (Netflix)
  • Quincy (Netflix)
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble (HBO Max)
  • One Night In Miami (Amazon Prime)
  • Soul (Disney+)
  • The Wiz (Amazon Prime)

Make a Meal

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