Xenia to Wilberforce

Xenia to Wilberforce “Slow Roll” Rides Again

Xenia, Ohio (July 14, 2017) The Xenia to Wilberforce “Slow Roll” Bicycle tour will return to Xenia Station (150 S. Miami Avenue), Monday, July 17, 2017. Cyclists are invited to ride the Ohio Erie Trail and Wilberforce Spur to the Payne Theological Seminary, (1230 Wilberforce-Clifton Road) and will learn about the significance of stained glass within the Holy Trinity AME Church as presented by Dr. Charles Brown, Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Payne Theological Seminary. Dr. Brown will also discuss the broader significance of stained glass to the theological and secular community.

After the presentation, cyclists will ride to the Xenia Carnegie Library (194 E. Church Street), where architect Steven Avdakov, principal of Heritage Architectural Associates, will provide a description of the building and the significance of its stained glass rotunda. Members of the Xenia Carnegie Friends will discuss their efforts in bringing the historic structure back to life after years of vacancy. Riders will then return to Xenia Station. Young’s Jersey Dairy will provide ice cream along the route.

Xenia City Mayor Marsha Bayless stated, “We are so pleased that the City of Xenia is hosting these rides along with Payne Theological Seminary and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center and hope residents will come out and join us. We had a great time last summer and during this year’s International Trail Symposium Slow Roll.”

 Sponsors for the 2017 Slow Roll Series are the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, the City of Xenia and Payne Theological Seminary. The free family cycling events are intended to build cultural and community awareness of the greater Xenia/Wilberforce area, while promoting fitness and fun on the trails that link the destinations.

 For more information visit the Spokes Xenia-Wilberforce Slow Roll Facebook page or contact Mary Crockett, City of Xenia Community Development Coordinator at (937) 376-7286, or Jerolyn Barbee, National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center Assistant Director, at (937) 376-4944 ext. 2120  

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