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City of Upper Arlington

Uncovering Our Roots: The Story of Pleasant Litchford

February is Black History Month. Upper Arlington has its own remarkable Black History. Many of you have heard the name Pleasant Litchford, a man born in 1789, who purchased his family’s freedom out of slavery in Lynchberg, Virginia. They moved to what is now our home town of Upper Arlington. UA resident, Historian, and Founding Chair of the James Preston Poindexter Foundation, Reita Smith, explains that the well-being of a community is like a tree. You must take care of the roots in order for it to grow healthy and strong. In this way, we must take care of our history, the roots from which we grow as a community. 

Part 1: "Hidden Roots"

Thursday, February 18, 7 – 8:30pm

In collaboration with the UA School District, the UA Historical Society, and many other valuable organizations around town, the City of Upper Arlington would like to welcome the following esteemed panelists to learn more about the rediscovery of Pleasant Litchford’s cemetery and story:

  • Kim Shoemaker Starr and Diane Kelly Runyon, Co-Authors, Secrets Under the Parking Lot
  • Kristin Greenberg, Assistant Director, Upper Arlington Historical Society
  • John Schweikart, Archaeologist, Ohio Archaeological Council
  • Reita Smith, Historian, Founding Chair, James Preston Poindexter Foundation
  • Sandra Jamison, Second Generation Historian, Second Baptist Church

We are honored to welcome Carl Smallwood, UAHS Class of ’74, Co-Director, Divided Community Project, to facilitate the discussion.

Part 2: "New Growth" 

Saturday, February 27, 10:30am – 12:00pm

The work of the authors and the dedication of school leadership have brought renewed focus to the story of Pleasant Litchford here in Upper Arlington. We have learned so much about these uncovered roots. Our community is now committed to reclaiming the life and legacy of the Litchford family as our own Upper Arlington history, one that connects us to the greater community of central Ohio and beyond.

In collaboration with the UA School District, the UA Historical Society, and many other valuable organizations around town, the City of Upper Arlington would like to welcome the following esteemed panelists to learn more about the story of Pleasant Litchford and the community’s plans to steward the story into the future:

  • Steve Schoeny, Upper Arlington City Manager
  • Keith Pomeroy, Chief Academic Officer of UA Schools
  • Toya Williams, Litchford Descendant
  • Kim Shoemaker Starr and Diane Kelly Runyon, Co-Authors, Secrets Under the Parking Lot

We are honored to welcome Matt Boaz, Chief DEI Officer, UA Schools, to facilitate the discussion.

 

Location: Virtual

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02/18/2021
(Thu. 7:00pm - 8:30pm)

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Kim Petersen
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Kim Toothman
Katherine Kumthekar
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02/27/2021
(Sat. 10:30am - 12:00pm)

I Will Attend (500)

 
104 of 500 slots filled
Kim Petersen
Bowe Family
Katharine Adams
Nic Fortkamp
Carolyn Casper-DuVall
Ukeme Awakessien Jeter
Catherine Kennedy
Susan Binkley
Mandy Markoff
Pamela O’Loughlin
Laura Oldham
Deneen Day
Marilyn Smith
Catherine Shapiro
Jennifer Peterson
Vicki Brown
Mary Beth Smith
Marisa Martin
alice finley
Kristin Greenberg
Felice Kassoy
Cindy Holodnak
Kim Toothman
Katherine Kumthekar
Susan Scharenberg
Sue Owen
Carl Smallwood
Laura Herrold
Diane Haddad
Marianne Mitchell
DONNELLE FRACASSO
Joe Matessa
Cat Hiller
Lisa Young
Nate Jedinak
Natalie Harrison
Laura Geil
Carol Mohr
Michelle Montgomery
Joanne Lynn
Laurie Avery
Laurie Avery
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Rita Fuller-Yates
Rita Yates
Pat Patterson
Holly Gross
karen lane
Mya Frazier
Donna DuPree
Sue Ralph
Kathy Schlosser
Marilyn Pongonis
Kim Starr
Ana Ly
John Reichert
Jim Bryant
Ron Johnson
who lived in Litchford house on Ridgeview between 1950 and 1957?
Beth Wolf
Nicole Clevenger
Jennifer Belemu
Lisa Reed
Bobbie Ackerman
Al Tonetti
Sara Wunsch
Gail Whitelaw
Justin Warren
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