A statue of James Bradley, honoring anti-slavery activity in Kentucky, is along the scenic Covington and Newport Riverwalk. Reportedly snatched from his mother's arms in Africa and brought to the United States, he grew up on a plantation in South Carolina. As the only African-America student at Cincinnati's Lane Seminary in 1834, Bradley was the only black person admitted to an American institution of higher learning before the Civil War. - photo by ckfishel2001, via Flickr
A bridge to connect Cincinnati and Covington had been discussed since the 1820s, but it was not until 1846 & 1847 that the Ohio and Kentucky legislatures issued charters to undertake the project. Construction began on a suspension bridge in the 1860s, but the Civil War prevented its completion until 1867. The John A. Roebling, became the prototype for New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. Learn more about the details of this Cincinnati engineering feat by joining our April 26 Heritage Program Tour.