Double Freedom - The History of the Black Barber in Ohio


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Online/Virtual (Columbus)

1 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215


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Presented by Cecelia McFadden and Nettie Ferguson of the Franklin County Genealogical Society African American Interest Group

The history of the black barber has an entangled relationship with his capture and enslavement in North America. Unlike the black cosmetologist, the black barber's original clientele was exclusively white, serving at the pleasure of his master and other white businessmen. Learn the story of black haircutters in the Northwest Territory, and how their skills fueled their emancipation, civil rights, and economic freedom. The barber profession was often a launch point for other economic and community endeavors. Vignettes of famous barbers and their community impact will be highlighted. This presentation is part two of a two-part series that is a part of the African American Barbers & Beautician project 1830 - 1950.

Register for this free education program through this Zoom link. Please note that the webinar will close for late participants at 7:15 pm. For more information, email or call 800.752.2603 ext. 0

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