Worthington News

Bus tour to focus on African-Americans' history in Worthington


The history of African-Americans in Worthington and the community's two cemeteries will be the focus of two bus tours set for Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The tours are part of a series sponsored this summer by the Worthington Historical Society and the Griswold Center.

The first tour will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and will highlight African-American history and Flint Cemetery. Some walking will be required.

Areas north and east of Worthington will be featured in the tour.

Included will be the Morris addition, which was the city's first platted subdivision. It was a place where settler Uriah Heath fulfilled his plans to provide homes for free African-Americans and Methodist ministers.

Within the subdivision is the first home of Worthington's African Methodist Episcopal Church. The beginnings of the church and its members and descendants will be part of the discussion.

The Underground Railroad and its locations in and around Worthington also will be covered.

The next stop on the tour will be the village of Flint, where tour participants will learn about the area's origins and the Underground Railroad activities of Ozem Gardner.

Gardner is buried in Flint Cemetery. The tour also will spotlight the site of where the coveted home of Twin Oaks stood, the vacant lot where Flint school was and some of the educational experiences of African-American children in Worthington schools.

The tour from 3 to 4:30 p.m. will take participants to the Walnut Grove Cemetery and will require more walking.

Participants will learn about some of the interesting second-generation settlers and those who came later and helped shape Worthington into what it has become.

The visit also will include the memorial site recognizing Worthington's own Ohio 46th Volunteer Infantry, which fought in the Civil War.

The tour will conclude with some tombstones displaying cemetery humor.

Participants should register for tours through the Griswold Center by calling 614-842-6320. Cost is $14 per tour.

All tours will depart from and conclude at the Griswold Center. Registration is limited.