Column: No blacks in Statuary Hall, an opportunity to change

I haveJudge William L. Mallory never been to the U.S. Capitol building. In fact, I’ve only been to D.C. once a few months ago (technically twice, but the first time was so short and in the middle of the night it doesn’t count) and we never made it to the Capitol.

Had I made it to the home of Congress I would have likely visited Statuary Hall, been in awe, then realized there was not one African-American in the whole joint. That’s embarrassing, to say the least.

Well, good news. There is an opportunity to change that, as I write about in this week’s column for The Cincinnati Post. Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge William L. Mallory, Jr. has proposed including some prominent African-American Ohioans after the Ohio Legislature voted last fall to yank the stature of William Allen, an outspoken racist.

Thanks to Write Like She Talks for a quick assist on a crucial aspect of this column.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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