Columbus Author and Historian Releases Visual Book Capturing Black History in Central Ohio


Acclaimed author and historian Rita Fuller-Yates released her compelling hard-back coffee table book “Columbus Black History – Images from our Past Volume I.” Fuller-Yates and her team of researchers have captured stories and images that takes readers on a visual journey to revisit Columbus’s black history and the African American experience in central Ohio.

Columbus, Ohio has a rich African American history that dates to the early 1800’s. From the creative arts culture and amazing musical history of Bronzeville, to the outstanding community leadership and clubs established to help the black community grow, black history and the contributions of African Americans have helped to shape the landscape of Central Ohio.

“Our city is where it is today because of the amazing black leaders and everyday people who simply made a difference in the Black community,” said author Rita Fuller-Yates. “This book seeks to share our stories through photos and short historical notes, and I hope it serves as a great resource for future generations to learn more about the amazing people, places and happenings that shaped Columbus as we know it today.”

Fuller-Yates will be hosting a book presentation and signing on February 6 from 4pm-6pm at 401 W. Rich Street in Columbus. The event will also include a short award ceremony to acknowledge the historical people featured in the book as well as a presentation of this years’ “Respect Our History” award recipient, Nettie Ferguson. Books will be available to purchase.

“Columbus Black History – Images from our Past Volume I” is available at

Beginning February 16, the book will be available at, Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Black Art Plus, and other retail stores across the U.S.



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