50 Years of Protest Posters, Photos, and Flyers Scanned for the Library’s Digital Collection

Written by Clarity Amrein, Community Content Coordinator, Genealogy & Local History Department, Downtown Main Library

Over 50 years of protest posters, photos, slides, and flyers from the community organization Over-the-Rhine People’s Movement are coming to CHPL’s Digital Library, opens a new window.

The images, part of the upcoming Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) exhibit, Artist Run Spaces, include protest posters, photos, slides, and flyers from fifty years of organizing work by the community organization Over-the-Rhine People’s Movement. The images are now available for high resolution viewing on the Library’s Digital Library, opens a new window.

Produced by the Storefronts art collaborative based out of the Miami University Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine, the exhibit People Moving: Stories and action from 50 years of the Over-the-Rhine People’s Movement runs from May 27, 2022 to September 11, 2022 at the CAC.

The Over-the-Rhine Peoples Movement

The Over-the-Rhine Peoples Movement is a grassroots organizing group and ongoing archive for the neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine that has been active for decades. Their efforts helped build the Drop Inn Center ShelterHouse for the Homeless, Over-the-Rhine Community Housing (the merger of ReSTOC and Over-the-Rhine Housing Network), Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, and the Peaslee Neighborhood Center.

The group has facilitated countless social events, press conferences, rallies, marches, and demonstrations since the 1970s. They also distributed independent publications and newspapers including VOICES, a predecessor to the Homeless Coalition’s StreetVibes.

This organization’s continuing work carries on their mission: “We believe that people in our neighborhood deserve basic human rights: affordable housing, quality education, adequate health care, meaningful jobs, livable wages, adequate recreational space and basic services that allows for a quality of life.”

This small portion of the Over-the-Rhine People’s Movement archive collection contains images of notable local affordable housing activists both past and present, including Bonnie Neumeier, buddy gray, Nannie Hinkston, Carrie Johnson, Josh Spring, and photographer Jimmy Heath. Images from the collection also depict building demolitions, marches and demonstrations, the Washington Park pool, the Milner Hotel, and scenes from 2001 civil unrest in Cincinnati.

Visit the Contemporary Arts Center between May 27-September 11 to see Artist Run Spaces and People Moving: Stories and action from 50 years of the Over-the-Rhine People’s Movement. Check out the Over-the-Rhine People’s Movement archive collection on our Digital Library, opens a new window to see more images, slides, and posters spanning over fifty years.

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