Visionaries

In 1969, Cuyahoga Community College Professor, Booker Tall started on an eight-year journey to claim a site for the African American Cultural Garden, within the Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation grounds.

Mr. Tall enlisted the support of Clarence Fitch, Carol Bugg, Bob Render, Glen Brackens and the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life & History. The struggle was waged in the media, the community and with the city of Cleveland. The result was the dedication of a four-acre site on October 23, 1977. This prominent location sits on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at the St. Clair exit.

However, since 1977, the Association African American Cultural Garden had laid virtually dormant. It was not until 2002 that Cordell Edge, a long time Glenville resident, was appointed to engage a committee to cultivate and renew interest in this endeavor. With research, commitment and education Cordell set the path to celebrate the development and installation of our AACG site. Under new leadership, this journey continues.