Activate Now – Drake House
This is the sixth stop of the Marching On project for the Hernd0n Gallery's current exhibition Unpacking the Archives: Frameworks for Change--Activate Now! The final picture in the above slideshow is a map showing all of the stops on this tour of activism.
Sometimes, our convictions move us to act. Here at the corner of Xenia Avenue and Limestone Street, a march held on May 5, 1963, demonstrating against a court ruling in support of Lewis Gegner, completed. Gegner owned a barber shop in town and he refused to cut black people's hair. Former Antioch President and elder statesman of the community Arthur E. Morgan spoke from the lawn of Drake House. He could no longer remain silent on the civil rights dilemma facing the people of Yellow Springs. Below is an audio clip from Morgan’s May 5 1963 speech.