The Berlin Wall Monument at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The East Facing Side of the Wall Was Solid White
The Freedom Center
A Gift From Berlin To Cincinnati
A piece of the Berlin Wall arrived in Cincinnati a few weeks ago, a gift from the City of Berlin, Germany. Without knowing its history, one could look at the Wall and easily believe it was a simple remnant from an old demolished building. Nothing about it says monument. But most people do know the Berlin Wall's history. Even without its new pedestal, landscaped surroundings and glass covering, for many it stands as a monument to freedom.
It took two years and joint efforts of Mark Mallory, the Mayor of Cincinnati; Donald Murphy, Executive Director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; Munich, Cincinnati's Sister City; Richard Schade, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany and many others. Appropriately, they came together Independence Day weekend and invited the city to celebrate their joint accomplishment and dedicate the city's new memorial
Congressman Driehaus, Congresswoman Schmidt, Mayor Mallory and a host of other special guests spoke about freedom. A rabbi, priest and Muslim cleric delivered prayers and encouragement. Children from a local Donauschwaben Kindergruppe performed German Folk Dancing and Cincinnati Symphony Chamber Orchestra played Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."
Visit the Berlin Wall Monument in Cincinnati, Ohio
Donauschwaben Kindergruppe Dancers
Berlin U S Military Veterans
Monument Paving Stones
Did You See The Face?
t's part of the charm of this dynamic monument to freedom, that very few people see the face.
Gregory Reese, the son part of Mom & Son, just happened to be in the vicinity of the Freedom Center when the Wall arrived. He talked to the construction crew, took photographs of the Wall, the signs, the monument plans. He had the opportunity to examine Cincinnati's Berlin Wall Section up close before they covered it with protective glass..... and he didn't see the face. Neither did I....not at first.
A few days later when Gregory took his wife, Dawnyell, to see the Wall; she pointed it out right away. He returned to talk to a construction worker the next day. He'd worked with the wall for several days, yet he hadn't seen the face either, not until Greg showed him. Then he saw her. Once you know "the Redhead" is there, you can't miss her. She jumps right out at you.
At the Dedication on July 3, I couldn't help myself. "Do you see the Face?" I asked a reporter. He'd been there a while asking questions and taking notes. He didn't know what I was talking about until I pointed out the Redhead. Just for the fun of it, I asked the same question of several other people. "Nope. No face...," they answered; then, "Ohhhh... I see."
Richard Schade, the Honorary German Consul, had seen the Wall in Germany. He knew both the Wall and the woman very well. He talked about being happy to seeing her again, and spoke about "The Redhead" as though she were an old friend. Even so, a congresswoman who spoke later called the face 'beautiful graffiti' and talked about a bird of freedom. She still didn't see the face.
"Ode To Joy"
Berlin U S Military Veterans
Berlin Wall Links
- Freedom Without Walls: A Berlin Wall Dedication - Independence Day Weekend - CNN iReport
This Independence Day Weekend on July 3rd, 2010, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio introduced a permanent exhibit featuring a portion of The Berlin Wall.
- National Underground Railroad Freedom Center*
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is in Cincinnati, Ohio. The museum houses an authentic slave pen, a genealogy research center, modern day slavery exhibits and much more. The Berlin Wall Monument is a welcome addition.
So Where is the Other Half of The Face?
Once Gregory realized there was a half of a face on the Cincinnati Berlin Wall Monument, he decided there had to be a second half. But where is it. He wants to know.
Does anyone know if the other half of the Redhead even exists?
If it does exist, does anyone know where she is?
If you know please leave a message?
In the meantime, if you're in Cincinnati, stop by the Berlin Wall Monument, our city's great new symbol of freedom and a fantastic photo op.
Share Your "Ode to Joy"
Carol Rucker (author) from Cincinnati on January 13, 2014:
Thank you for your comments everyone, and thank you HonKonSchade for the information. Perhaps my son and I can get a photo one day
HonKonSchade on January 13, 2014:
In answer to the question "Where is the other half of the Redhead's face ?" -- be informed that it is on the adjoining Berlin Wall segment in the graveyard-like depository of segments in Berlin.
john.jackson from London, England on February 14, 2011:
Great article. I've always been most interested in the cold war in history as it seems to contribute most to our modern society. I wrote a hub about the beginning of the Berlin Wall https://hubpages.com/hub/Why-did-Khrushchev-Build-...
technorican from Houston on October 03, 2010:
Way cool! I just published a hub with lots of photos about German Reunification.
Jan Charles from East Tennessee on July 08, 2010:
I'm certainly not the Redhead, but I love the idea...thanks for this great Hub!