Our Annual Black History in Yellow Springs Tours 

In conjunction with YS Hertitage, The 365 Project will put on its "Blacks in Yellow Springs Tour" each summer. Each year the tours will have different themes and titles.


The tour guides are some of our Young People of Color mentees who will  lead you on an historically enriching walk around the village.

Tours begin at 1 p.m. at Mills Park Hotel on the corner of Limestone Street and Xenia Avenue on Route 68.


Tickets are $5 and can be purchased beforehand or on the day of the tour. 


The tours will be around 90 minutes with a 15 minute break for refreshments.

Local Youth Mentees are our Blacks in Yellow Springs Tour Guides


Sample Tour: Black Businesses in Yellow Springs

Owned by a Black couple, from the 1940s through the 1970s and was known for great food including fried chicken, pizza, and other food. Very popular restaurant for Black and white residents and Antioch students. 

Gabby Mason, a Black man sold barbecue from several locations in the village over many years. This building was his home and the location of his last site for the barbecue business. 

Wheeling Gaunt was born in Kentucky in 1812.He purchased his freedom in the 1840s and he bought real estate in Carrollton, Kentucky. 

In the 1860s he sold his Kentucky property and moved to Yellow Springs. 

The Dayton street was the original main business district of the Village until a fire in the 1800s destroyed much of it. ​From the 1950s through the 1970s many Black businesses were located in the Dayton business district. In the tour our guides will talk about the different locations of business in Walnut St, Corry St.,Xenia Ave., and Kings yard.  

Owned by Jamie Sharp, a Black woman,  opened this new business approximately two years ago

In this tour, the guides will talk about the desegregation process of the seats in the theatre and through a community effort of nearby colleges desegregation occurred. ​​

In the early 1960s Ohio passed a law outlawing discrimination in public places and barber Lewis Gegner refused to cut Black men’s hair. To find out more, join our tour. ​

Tour Guides Appreciation

Contact the 365 Project by email at the365projectys@gmail.com
or by mail at: P.O. Box 165 Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

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