one of the first African American country clubs in the United States

Hall of Fame - Ohio Capital Building
Hall of Fame - Ohio Capital Building

Nimrod Allen headshot
Nimrod Allen headshot

Frontiers of America brochure cover
Frontiers of America brochure cover

Motto "Advancement through Service" source: Ohio History Connection archives

Hall of Fame - Ohio Capital Building
Hall of Fame - Ohio Capital Building

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NIMROD BOOKER ALLEN

Allen was not only one of the founders of the Big Walnut Country Club, but an active and respected leader in many organizations in Columbus, Ohio, and was on the national stage.

Allen came to Columbus in 1915 to lead the Spring Street YMCA along with several other founders of the Big Walnut Country Club. In 1936, the Frontiers Club of Columbus was created under the visionary leadership of Allen. It grew throughout Ohio, then across the United States, becoming the first African American service organization in America. Read more on Frontiers International…

In 1917, Allen was a founder of the Columbus Urban League and served as the organization’s first executive director and executive secretary from 1921 – 1954, until he retired.

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Dr. William ArthuR METHOD

 

Method was active during the formation and early years of the Spring Street YMCA.  He was also a member of the Columbus Urban League. 

Dr. R. MILTON TRIBBITT

 

Tribbitt was a dentist. He was active during the formation and early years of the Spring Street YMCA. He was also a member of the Columbus Urban League. ​

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Dr. WILLIAM JEREMIAH WOODLIN1877-1932

 

Woodlin was active during the formation and early years of the Spring Street YMCA.  He was also a member of the Columbus Urban League and records show him serving as Vice President in 1929. 

Dr. ELIJAH ARTHUR CALLOWAY1888-1934

 

Calloway was active during the formation and early years of the Spring Street YMCA. He was also a member of the Columbus Urban League. 

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leroy hayes godman1892-1945

Godman was a member of the Columbus Urban League. 

john p. bowles

 

charles e. jones

to the following organizations for helping complete this project

THANK YOU

Ohio Humanities Council
Ohio Humanities Council

a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities

African American Interest Group
African American Interest Group

AAIG, Franklin County Genealogy & Historical Society

Ohio State University AAAS
Ohio State University AAAS

African American & African Studies Community Extension Center

Senior Center
Senior Center

of the City of Gahanna

Gahanna Branch
Gahanna Branch

of the Columbus Metropolitan Library