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The Legacy of Charity's Children Celebrates Dayton's Heritage with CityWide's Community Banner Campaign

Updated: Jun 19

Dayton, OH - June 4, 2024 The Legacy of Charity’s Children is excited to announce its collaboration with CityWide in a community banner campaign celebrating Dayton's rich history and vibrant spirit. Displayed in prominent locations throughout the city, these banners feature photographs of both contemporary figures and historical individuals, highlighting notable achievements as well as the everyday people who represent the community's heart.

CityWide, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering Dayton’s economic growth and enhancing neighborhood appeal, has developed this campaign to showcase the city's diverse heritage. Among the featured banners are images of the descendants of Charity Davis Ceasar Broady, a leading abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor in Dayton.

For instance, "Our Wildest Dreams" features musician Jared C. Griffin, the fifth great-grandson of Mrs. Broady, son of Darryl and Patricia Smith Griffin and grandson of J.C. and Emma Johnson Smith. This photo was taken on Juneteenth 2021, at Dayton’s Riverscape Park on the banks of the Great Miami River that brought the family to the community some 220 years before. The banner is located on the river side of Edwin C. Moses Blvd., just north of Albany Street.

The second banner, "Patty and Daddy", showcases Patricia Smith Griffin with her father J.C. Smith at the family home on Easter Sunday, circa 1963. This banner is located on James H. McGee Blvd., on the west side of the street, south of US35, and just north of Germantown Street.

The third banner, "Keepers of the Family Treasures," includes Betty Jane Dugger Ferguson and Emma Johnson Smith, circa 2002, who were primarily responsible for rescuing The Legacy of Charity’s Children generational archive as it exists today. This banner is also on Germantown Street, located further north.

The public is encouraged to visit these locations and reflect on the powerful stories of perseverance, family, and heritage. Since 1972, CityWide has served as a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen the Dayton area through strategic economic and community development.


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