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James Presley Ball
African American daguerreotypist, entrepreneur, and activist, J. P. Ball operated a photographic gallery in Cincinnati in the mid-19th century. Ball's reputation drew many renowned names to his studio, including Frederick Douglass, Ulysses S. Grant's mother and sister, Jenny Lind, well-known abolitionists, and many Union Army officers and soldiers. More information
Kathleen Battle
Kathleen Battle, a native of Portsmouth, Ohio, attended the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she received both a bachelor's and a master's degree. She has become a world-famous operatic soprano. A brief biographical sketch of Kathleen Battle can be found in 100 Who Made a Difference: Greater Cincinnatians Who Made a Mark on the 20th Century. View catalog record   Request slip
Wendell P. Dabney
Wendell P. Dabney was a talented musician, who played the guitar, violin, mandolin and banjo. He also composed music, including You Will Miss the Colored Soldier and My Old Sweetheart. More information
Raymond G. Dandridge
Raymond G. Dandridge was stricken with polio in 1911 at the age of 29. The resulting paralysis confined Dandridge to his bed, where he began writing poetry. His poems were published in three volumes from 1917 to 1928. More information
Robert S. Duncanson
In 1861 Robert S. Duncanson was described as "the best landscape painter in the West." Initially trained in house painting and carpentry, Duncanson decided to pursue a career as an artist. This ambition moved him to relocate to the Cincinnati area. More information
Every Voice Counts! : A Poetry Anthology for Youth
Pamphlets 811 A792
Edited by the Arts Consortium of Cincinnati
The Arts Consortium was established in 1972 in Cincinnati's West End as a nonprofit organization offering instruction in art, music, dance and drama. This volume is a compilation of poems by Cincinnati youths following the death of Timothy Thomas in 2001. View catalog record   Request slip
Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni grew up in Cincinnati and attended school in Lincoln Heights. After graduating from Fisk University in 1967, Giovanni published her first book of poetry. Since that time, she has published numerous books and has been included in several anthologies. More information
Richard L. Hunster
Born in Madison, Indiana in 1862, Richard L. Hunster was the son of free blacks whose families had left the South in the 1830s. He became trained as a professional photographer, and while portraiture was most likely his primary source of income, he is best known for his steamboat pictures. More information
Loretta C. Manggrum
Loretta Manggrum (1896-1992) began playing the piano when she was six. The native of Gallipolis, Ohio, moved to Cincinnati with her husband in 1926. She received a bachelor of music from the Ohio State University in 1951 at the age of 55 and a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music two years later. She was the first African American to receive a degree from the College Conservatory. Eight songs composed and published by Manggrum in the 1940s and 1950s are available in the Loretta C. Manggrum collection. Request slip

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