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Freedom Festival
Sunday, September 28
3 - 5:30 PM

at the Cozad-Bates house,
11508 Mayfield Road
[off Euclid Avenue in University Circle]
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performances • drumming circle
raffle • refreshments

Event Schedule:

REMARKS: Councilwoman Maimie Mitchell

Actress Nina Domingue, "519 Miles" An exploration of Joan Southgate's journey along the Underground RR route from Ripley, Ohio to Canada
Kevin Richards and Sheela Das, Roots of American Music, banjo, guitar
Robin Pease of Kulture Kids performs Lucy Bagby, Cleveland's Fugitive Slave

EVENT MC: RA Washington, poet, musician, and DJ

Support Restore Cleveland Hope
Buy a Raffle Ticket

RCH Quilt

Recognize the heroic spirit of the underground railroad
1 Ticket: $2.00 3 Tickets: $5.00 7 Tickets: $10.00
12 Tickets: $15.00 16 tickets: $20.00 20 Tickets: $25.00

The drawing will be held on Sunday,
September 28th

To purchase tickets by mail, send a check with "Raffle Tickets" in the memo area. Include your name and address along with the number of tickets you desire to purchase.


On behalf of Restore Cleveland Hope, I would like to thank you for your past and continued support. Your contributions are helping us realize our mission to complete the Cozad-Bates House so that it can house an educational resource center dedicated to the collaborative work of the Underground Railroad.

We have some exciting news! University Circle Inc., which owns the Cozad-Bates House will have the interior of the oldest section of the house ready for us this fall! If you haven’t been to University Circle in awhile, you may not have known that Euclid Avenue is going through a major makeover. RCH is fortunate that the Cozad-Bates House lies in the midst of such a transformation.  It puts us in a prime location for educational tourism.

RCH is also contributing to the development of other significant assets of our shared national heritage.  On April 26, 2014, RCH volunteers presented dance, music, and our Beloved Community Dialogues at a recognized Underground Railroad site, historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, near the West Side Market known also as Station Hope.

We will not be holding the Walk for Hope this year, but visit us on May 17 and 18, 2014 when we share history and sell goods at the Hessler Street Fair. Hessler Road is located in the University Circle neighborhood. It is a small one-way brick paved street running east from Ford Drive to Hessler Court. Hessler Court, the only remaining wood block street in Cleveland, runs north from Hessler Road to Bellflower Road. Hessler Court has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

We hope that you will continue to support us in our mission. We know that times are still hard, but any donation is much appreciated.  Building the Beloved Community through promoting knowledge of Cleveland’s anti-slavery past is vital to our success. Your support allows us to continue to work toward achieving our goal.

Thank you!

Joan Southgate, Founder of Restore Cleveland Hope, Inc.

PechaKucha Night Cleveland

PechaKucha Night Cleveland was presented in partnership with The City Club of Cleveland to launch the 2014 PechaKucha season. "The City Club of Cleveland has served as a "Citadel of Free Speech" for over 100 years. For 10 years, PechaKucha Global has given people with creative ideas and passion a unique platform to reach an increasingly diverse audience." (from the website) PechaKucha presentations are similar to TED talks, except that one doesn't have to be an expert to do a presentation. Presenters show 20 slides and talk about them for 20 seconds each. For more information about PechaKucha, click on this link:

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May 17 and 18, 2014
Hessler Street Fair

May 18th 2013
Annual Walkathon
Walk for Hope
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