Who Controls the Narrative?

Who Controls the Narrative?
Newspapers and Cincinnati's Anti-Black Riots of 1829, 1836, and 1841

A deeper look at the rise of local newspapers and anti-Black sentiment in the 19th century

June 16 – August 31, 2023

This exhibit examines of the role of Cincinnati newspapers in encouraging anti-Black violence within the city during the 19th century. Topics include Cincinnati’s Printing Revolution, how the papers encouraged and supported white mobs, and how the papers reported on the violence. The exhibit features timelines outlining events for each of the three years and maps depicting the location of mob activity.


Third floor
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202


Included with general admission.
Free for Members and on Fifth Third Community Days.

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