NEW EXHIBIT OPENING: Rev. E. Theophilus Caviness

Explore the life of one of Cleveland’s most impactful community builders, Rev. Emmitt Theophilus Caviness. His move from Texas to Cleveland in 1961 brought him to the Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland’s Glenville Community where he continues to marry social activism and spirituality today. Discover his role in the Civil Rights Movement, feel the power of his preaching and music, and learn about his dedication to family and community engagement.


Learn more about Rev. E. Theophilus Caviness: Church, Community, Cleveland here or by joining us for the ribbon cutting ceremony today at noon.

George L. Forbes Day – Community Celebration

On Sunday, October 14, 2018 – George L. Forbes Day | Community Celebration, the Cleveland History Center opens its doors to the community for a day of celebration including a proclamation from Cleveland City Council, live entertainment, inter-generational activities, and a display celebrating the career and legacy of George L. Forbes, Esq. Doors open at 10 a.m.with activities continuing until 5 p.m.



George L. Forbes Day Community Celebration
Date: October 14, 2018

Western Reserve Historical Society Cleveland History Center
10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Free admission on George L. Forbes Community Day is made possible by



Tours of Cleveland Starts Here® sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation
Storyboards highlighting George L. Forbes, Esq. life & career
Research Library – View materials from the African American Archives; Begin family history research
Enjoy a taste of Cleveland with local food vendors
Engage with Local Vendors & Sponsors
Cuyahoga Community College Children’s Village – Kidzibits Playzone, Bounce House, Facepainting, Hands-on activities with Cleveland History Center education team

CENTER STAGE: Located in Crawford Upper Gallery | Programming Noon – 4pm

12:15-3pm – Local Entertainment Featuring:

Musical Performances by:
– Nia
– Charles Sullen
Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word
Individual spoken word performances by:
–  Tierra Kahli
– Orlando Watson
– Councilman Basheer Jones
The A Cappella Camp | Tri-C
Karamu Performance “George L. Forbes: The Heavy Lifting”, written by Daniel Gray Kontar, directed by Tony F. Sias, President & CEO, Karamu House

3:00pm – FEATURE PROGRAM: “A Conversation with Mr. George L. Forbes, Esq.”moderated by Brent Larkin, Cleveland Plain Dealer






Black History on Tap: Living Legends

Come raise a glass with some of Cleveland’s Living Legends! Explore the stories of Ruby Terry, Reverend E.T. Caviness, George Forbes, and other African Americans who have inspired and shaped our community. Celebrate with live performances, a curator-led tour of new exhibit, Rev. E. Theophilus Caviness: Church, Community, Cleveland, and an exclusive look at WRHS collections.


General Admission Prices

$4 Beer

$5 Wine

$7 Signature Cocktail

$20 Open Bar Wrist Band