XENIA — The Xenia to Wilberforce Slow Roll bicycle tour will return to Xenia Station Monday, July 17.
Cyclists are invited to ride the Ohio to Erie Trail and Wilberforce Spur to the Payne Theological Seminary and 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. 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 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.
“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 u,” Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless said. “We had a great time last summer and during this year’s International Trail Symposium Slow Roll.”
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 City of Xenia Community Development Coordinator Mary Crockett at 937-376-7286, or Jerolyn Barbee, National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center assistant director, at 937-376-4944, ext. 2120
Story courtesy City of Xenia.