Gazette News Report
XENIA —The second Xenia/Wilberforce Slow Roll bike ride is set for 6 p.m. Monday, July 18.
The 6-mile ride begins at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, 1350 Brush Row Road in Wilberforce, goes to Xenia Station and back to the museum at a slow pace.
Riders should assemble between 5-5:45 p.m. The museum will offer free admission not only to cyclists, but all community residents during the event.
The Slow Roll will feature a street fair with a food truck, drawings for gift bags and a tour of the museum’s current exhibits:
— Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela
— Charles Young and The Buffalo Soldiers
— The Voices of the Revolution
— Celebrating Our Past and Embracing Our Future
The main goal of the free event is to raise awareness about the trailhead that leads to Wilberforce, promote cycling for good health, and to learn more about the area.
“Wilberforce represents a unique aspect of Ohio African American history and a major part of our mission is promote and preserve that history, said Dr. Charles Wash, director of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC). “We invite our neighbors in the Xenia/Wilberforce area to come to the museum for free on July 18 to learn more about our collections and exhibits that tell the stories about the people and achievements that have shaped our collections and exhibits that tell the stories about the people and achievements that have shaped our state, country and the world.”
The next Xenia/Wilberforce Slow Roll will be Monday, Aug. 15 starting in Xenia and will include an optional historic scavenger hunt of downtown. Participants can qualify to win prizes from local merchants.
For more information call Jerolyn Barbee at 937-376-4944, ext. 2120 or visit Spokes Xenia-Wilberforce on Facebook.
Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.