Union Baptist Cemetery Tour

Union Baptist Cemetery was established in 1865 by Union Baptist Church, the oldest African American Baptist church in Cincinnati. This cemetery is the resting place of Underground Railroad conductors, artists, writers, musicians, physicians, business leaders, politicians, Civil Rights workers, and many military veterans, including approximately 150 veterans of the Civil War.

Early LifeNewt Allen Jr. was born May 19, 1901, in Austin, Texas . His parents were Newton and Rose (Baker) Allen. After the death of his father, his mother Rose picked up and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio with four children. A short time later Newt visited his aunt Ophelia in Kansas City. His aunt had…
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Charles Howard lived an unremarkable life. He came to Cincinnati from Kentucky around 1920, when he was already well up in years. He worked as a manual laborer. He lived in a dingy room in the West End. Everyone called him “Charlie.” When he died, on February 25, 1948, he was very elderly, probably in his nineties, though some people thought he was older.
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Isaac Craft was an African American inventor and engineer, born around 1810, who in 1869 patented a “balanced valve” for a steam engine. But while Craft was able to design a complex valve, he had never been taught to read or write, so he got an attorney to help him with the patent application, which Craft signed with his mark.
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