Prominent African-Americans in Cleveland during the 1890s
To introduce students to important members of the African-American
community in the 1890s. Students will identify qualities and characteristics
of successful citizens and identify prominent citizens of their
- Who were prominent African-American citizens in Cleveland
during the 1890s?
- What makes a citizen "prominent"? What special qualities
or characteristics do they have?
- Who are the prominent citizens of today's community?
- Ask students to define prominent in relation to citizens in
the community. (widely known) List qualities or characteristics
that would make a person a "prominent" member of the
community. (Answers should include but are not limited to accomplishments
- personal or professional, hard-working, dedication, success,
- Distribute or read to students the biographies of prominent
citizens of the African- American community in the 1890s. How
do these individuals fit the definition of prominent citizens?
Have students identify their characteristics and accomplishments.
- The lesson could be extended by having students create their
own "Hall of Fame." Ask each student to identify a prominent
citizen in their community, identifying the special qualities
and characteristics of the person that make them special to the
community. Each student will then create a poster that will include
the inductee's name and special accomplishments. Encourage students
to be thoughtful about their nominations and creative with their
posters. Students will then present their posters to the class.
Display all posters in the room or hall with the title "Our
Community Hall of Fame."
Variation: Have students research prominent African-Americans
in Cleveland's history and have them create a "Hall of Fame".
Students can use the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History;
Black Americans in Cleveland, by Russell H. Davis;
Discovery, A Teacher's Guide to Regional History; The Western
Reserve Historical Society.