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Springfield in Clark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Robert C. Henry

 
 
Robert C. Henry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 12, 2017
1. Robert C. Henry Marker
close up, both sides are the same
Inscription. Robert Clayton Henry, the first African- American mayor of an Ohio city, was born in Springfield, Ohio on July 16, 1921. He attended Springfield High School and graduated in 1939. After high school, he attended Wittenberg University and the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Central State University. in 1961, Springfield citizens elected him to the City Commission, where he served until being appointed mayor by his fellow commissioners in 1966. Henry.was among the first African- American mayors of a U.S. city, and is especially notable due to Springfield’s majority white population. at the time. After his tenure as mayor ended in 1968, Henry was chosen by presidents Johnson and Nixon for fact-finding missions in Vietnam. Robert C. Henry died on September 8, 1981.
 
Erected 2016 by Dayton Regional STEM School, The Springfield Foundation, The Turner Foundation, and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 7- 12.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 55.081′ N, 83° 48.783′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Ohio, in Clark County
Robert C. Henry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 12, 2017
2. Robert C. Henry Marker
full view of marker
. Marker is on Center Street near West Clark St., on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 527 S Center St,, Springfield OH 45506, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Springfield City Hall Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oliver S. Kelly (approx. 0.4 miles away); City Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Esplanade/Fountain Square (approx. 0.4 miles away); John M. Temple (approx. 0.4 miles away); George Rogers Clark (approx. half a mile away); H. A. "Harry" Toulmin Sr. (approx. half a mile away); Site of Springfield's First Church (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Categories. African AmericansPolitics
 
Robert C. Henry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, May 12, 2017
3. Robert C. Henry Marker
marker can be seen at a distance, with the funeral home behind
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 12, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 12, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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