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11th Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame

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The Ohio Statehouse

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Columbus, OH 43215

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The Civil Rights Hall of Fame seeks to acknowledge outstanding Ohioans who are recognized as pioneers in human and civil rights and who have advanced the goals of equality and inclusion. Inductees of the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame are individuals who have made significant contributions in support of civil rights, cultural awareness and understanding in furtherance of a more just society. The honor bestowed on this select group of civil rights heroes will be officially recorded in Ohio's history.

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), along with sponsors Wright State University, Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. and PNC, will host the Eleventh Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The program will consist of a formal ceremony that will honor men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress of civil rights and equal justice in the State of Ohio.

The event is free and all members of the public are invited to attend the induction ceremony and a reception to be held in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda immediately following the ceremony. Angela Pace, Director of Community Affairs for 10TV Columbus, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and the Opera Columbus will perform.

The 2019 Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame honorees are:

  • Thomas Jefferson Ferguson (1830-1887) - Leader, author, and education trailblazer who created the first institution of higher education created and controlled by African Americans.
  • Mary Hackney (1915-2008) - Education desegregation advocate and teacher of the Marching Mothers and Children of Hillsboro.
  • Dr. John "Jack" E. Hansan (1930-2019) - Social worker, civil rights organizer, and policy leader who led the Cincinnati delegation of the March on Washington and advocates for policies and programs to combat racial inequality.
  • Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock (1925-2014) - Aviation trailblazer, record breaker, and the first woman to fly solo around the world.
  • Burt Silverman (1919-1978) - Dedicated advocate to racial equality and improving race issues as leader of the Toledo Board of Community Relations and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.
  • Stanley Eugene Tolliver, Sr. (1925-2011) -Civil rights lawyer who represented clients in high profile civil rights cases and was part of the push for desegregation in Cleveland.


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What parking is available?

Unfortunately, this event does not have designated parking. Parking around the Ohio Statehouse can be difficult to find and guests are urged to build in plenty of time to find parking. The Ohio Statehouse Parking Garage is open to the public, but often fills up early. There are several other parking garages, surface parking lots, and metered parking options around Capitol Square.

What can I bring into the event?

The Ohio Statehouse has strict security protocols, including metal detectors and x-ray machines. All weapons and other dangerous materials are prohibited. Please allow extra time to get through security. For more information, visit the Ohio Statehouse Website Security Page.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are recommended, but tickets are not necessary.

Will I have a reserved seat?

Unfortunately, reserved seating is extremely limited. However, event volunteers will attempt to seat everyone appropriately. If you require a seating accommodation, please let us know in advance, if possible, by using the "Contact" button below.

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Columbus, OH 43215

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