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New Ethiopian Cultural Garden first in Cleveland to represent an African nation (video)

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Aug 26, 2019
By Hannah Drown,

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Cultural Gardens, which was founded in 1916, features 32 gardens dedicated to cultural and nationality groups. However it has lacked representation from any country on the African continent. That is, until Saturday.


The Ethiopian Cultural Garden’s Phase One dedication took place Aug. 24 and was followed by a reception at Ethiopian restaurant Empress Taytu. The dedication included presentations by Ethiopian Ambassador to the U.S., the Honorable Fitsum Arega, Mayor Frank Jackson, Councilman Kevin Conwell and artists Zerihun Yetmgeta and Ernesto Spinelli.


You can see views of the garden in the Facebook Live video above.


Located at 1445 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, the centerpiece of the garden is a mosaic wall featuring tiles made up of 196 colors. On one side, five panels represent periods of Ethiopia’s 5,000-year history. On the other side is a mosaic image of the sun displayed prominently in the center.

Ethiopia was further celebrated Aug. 25 at the One World Day Parade of Flags, in which Arega and Ethiopian community members led the parade.

In addition to the Parade of Flags, the One World Day event celebrated Greater Cleveland’s diverse culture with a naturalization ceremony, cultural performances, live entertainment, kids activities and food.