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These photos and their accompanying interviews demonstrate the complexity of the West End and the self-sustaining nature of the community. Education occurred both in and out of classrooms, forged through intracommunal and intergenerational relationships. Their associated social activities in particular united residents and created bonds based on categories such as age or interest. After the construction of I-75, certain social dynamics were fractured in addition to the destruction of physical mainstays. A majority of the institutions seen in this exhibit are no longer standing, though their legacy is kept alive via memories and photographs.
Family is an integral part of a strong community. The residents of the West End understood that the foundation of a strong and successful youth is a loving, caring family. West End families held on to their values and continue to reinforce this message inside of their homes to this day.
The West End of Cincinnati knew how to have fun! The commnuity was lively, filled with social clubs, sports activties, and vibrant night life. Travelers and residents alike enjoyed popular spots like the Cotton Club and Golden Circle Boxing Gym. These places were safehavens for African Americans in Cincinnati and provided the community spaces to be free from prejudice and segregation.
Religion was a major center of life in many West End families. Churches served as community centers, safe havens for those in need, as well as sources of education and faith. Member of the West End community spent significant time with their community and congregations. While some churches were able to relocate their assembly, others were washed away by the construction of I-75.