Wilberforce in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
At the turn of the twentieth century, increased enrollment in the Combined Normal and Industrial Department at Wilberforce University (which later became Central State University) spurred construction of new teaching and dormitory facilities. Galloway Hall, which included an auditorium and a tower with chimes and a clock, was completed in 1906. Many famous personalities performed in Galloway Hall's auditorium, including the renown opera singer Leontyne Price; Robert McFerrin, the first African American male lead with the New York Metropolitan Opera; actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis; comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory; and composer and conductor Duke Ellington. Noted authors and intellectuals addressed audiences there, including historian John Hope Franklin; writer, poet, actor, and playwright Maya Angelou; Lerone Bennett, author, historian, and editor of EBONY Magazine; and writer and essayist James Baldwin.
Other notable people who spoke to audiences in the Galloway Hall auditorium include prominent figures in the Civil Rights Movement such as Thurgood Marshall, then senior legal counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and later Supreme Court Justice; Daisy Bates, journalist, president of the NAACP, and “advisor”
Erected 2002 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Central State University, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 9-29.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 42.865′ N, 83° 52.717′ W. Marker is in Wilberforce, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is on Brush Run Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Galloway Hall, on the Central State University campus. Marker is in this post office area: Wilberforce OH 45384, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brigadier General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Sr. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hallie Quinn Brown (about 500 feet away); Paul Robeson Central State University (about 700 feet away); Old Wilberforce University Campus at Tawawa Springs (approx. ¼ mile away); Carnegie Library (1907) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kezia Emery Hall (1913) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Albert Baker Football Practice Field (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilberforce.
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Disasters • Education • Landmarks • Notable Buildings • Notable Events • Notable Persons •
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