Clock Tower

Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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May 26

The Randolph Freedpeople Local Museum Exhibit

Posted on May 26, 2017 at 2:54 PM by Jessica Cromer

Did you know that our neighbor the Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) in Wilberforce is just 10 minutes away from the Greene County Archives? They have a wonderful new exhibit titled Freed Will: The Randolph Freedpeople From Slavery to Settlement that just opened last Saturday. The exhibit was created by NAAMCC intern and volunteer curator Hadley Drodge, who is a recent Wright State University Public History graduate. The Randolph Freedpeople
                                    The Randolph Freedpeople

The Randolph Freedpeople exhibit explores one of the largest emancipations in American history, in which nearly 400 former slaves journeyed from Charlotte County, Virginia to Miami Valley, Ohio. Follow their history from freedom, their grueling pilgrimage, legal battles, and community building in the present day. Freed Will: The Randolph Freedpeople From Slavery to Settlement will be on display through November 25th.
Miami County, Clerk of Courts, Register of Blacks and Mulattos 1833-1847 Miami-Register_Detail
      Miami County, Clerk of Courts, Register of Blacks and Mulattos 1833-1847 (L); Detail (R)

To learn more about the history of the Randolph people to supplement your visit to the exhibit, follow the links below to the History Blog Series by Hadley Drodge.
The Will of the Randolph Freed People
The Randolph Peoples and the Legal Road to Freedom
Becoming the Randolph Freed People
The Arrival of the Randolph Freed People
Settling Rossville

The NAAMCC opened on April 11, 1988, and will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next year. Mark your calendars also for this June 17th for an art exhibit opening and Juneteenth Celebration, which will also include a genealogy workshop. Find programs, events, and details on their website and on Facebook @naamcc.
                    Greene County Archives to NAAMCC

The National Afro-American Museum's Mission Statement is to chronicle through its collections and programs the rich and varied experiences of African Americans from their African origins to the present. NAAMCC educates the public about African American history and culture, from African origins to the present by collecting, preserving and interpreting material evidence of the black experience.

Museum information:
1350 Brush Row Road (PO Box 578)
Wilberforce, Ohio 45384
(937) 376-4944 or (800) 752-2603
Facebook: @naamcc
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 ages 6–17, and Free for Ohio History Connection and NAAMCC members, as well as Central State University and Wilberforce University students.

We hope you will visit and support our friends in Wilberforce!

Until next time!


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