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Allen Temple photograph

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Ohio Federal Writers' Project


Dated 1937, this photograph shows the Allen Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio, located on the southeast corner of Sixth and Broadway Streets. The Allen Temple was built by Robert Alexander Love from 1851-1853 for Cincinnati's oldest Jewish congregation, Bene Israel. The structure was sold in 1868 to the Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church, Cincinnati's oldest African American congregation. In 1979, the building was razed for the Procter and Gamble offices there today. The English inscription below the Hebrew reads "Ye shall make me a sanctuary that I may dwell in the midst of Beni Israel, nor will I ever forsake my people Israel saith the Lord. Erected A.M. 5612." This photograph is one of the many visual materials collected for use in the Ohio Guide. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration by executive order to create jobs for the large numbers of unemployed laborers, as well as artists, musicians, actors, and writers. The Federal Arts Program, a sector of the Works Progress Administration, included the Federal Writers’ Project, one of the primary goals of which was to complete the America Guide series, a series of guidebooks for each state which included state history, art, architecture, music, literature, and points of interest to the major cities and tours throughout the state. Work on the Ohio Guide began in 1935 with the publication of several pamphlets and brochures. The Reorganization Act of 1939 consolidated the Works Progress Administration and other agencies into the Federal Works Administration, and the...
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