The time has come to shed light on an important piece of Delaware County and Ohio history.

Professor Ric S. Sheffield from Kenyon College will be speaking about rural Ohio areas with long-established black communities which are often invisible to the larger white communities in which they reside. In recognition of Black History Month, this program relates the adventure of reclaiming the lost history of African Americans while showcasing the benefits of including minority populations within celebrations of heritage and sharing strategies for undertaking such projects in communities of various sizes and racial and ethnic makeups.


This program will be held on Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. at the Barn at Stratford, 2690 Stratford Rd., Delaware. It is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity to make a donation, which will help defray expenses. This program is funded by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To ensure adequate seating, registration is strongly advised and can be made on EventBright. For more information or to register, visit the DCHS website, email, or call 740-369-3831, extension 3.

Ric S. Sheffield of Kenyon of College is currently serving as chair of the American Studies department. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University where he attended college, graduate school in sociology and law school. He has served upon various statewide policy-making and regulatory boards. Sheffield has served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Ohio as a civil rights attorney and as chief of the state’s consumer protection division. He lectures widely at colleges and universities throughout Ohio and he was chosen as one of a select group of humanities scholars to participate in the Ohio Humanities Council’s speakers’ bureau. He has published articles, reviews, and book chapters on topics including legal history, the legal profession, and African American social and legal history. His current project includes completion of a manuscript on voting rights cases from Ohio in the late 1860s and early 1870s.

Source, Photo: Delaware County Historical Society

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