May 2019

Ohio Historical Marker Dedicated on CJ Campus

On April 13, 2019, the newest Ohio Historical marker was dedicated on the campus of Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.

The marker was in honor of the Henderson family and the former HenderSon’s Printing, with its building previously located at 301 Washington Street. This location is now part of CJ’s Eagle Field located at
Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the CJ Eagles.

HenderSon’s Printing was cornerstone of Dayton’s African American community for almost 60 years. Its doors closed in 2000, but memory will live on through the Ohio Historical marker.

More than 100 family members, friends, and former co-workers attended the marker dedication, as well as Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

The text of the marker reads as follows:
Known by the trade name henderSon’s printing, the business was a mainstay of Dayton’s African American community for almost 60 years and became a printer of choice for everything from advertising materials, office forms, and a community publications called “housewife savers.” John William Henderson Sr. (1913-1991) purchased his first printing press and founded the business in 1941, bringing to it experience as an instructor of journalism and printing at Wilberforce University. The business’s first location was the family home at 421 Kearney Street. After several moves, the business settled at 301 Washington Street in 1958.
Mary Esther (Franklin) Henderson (1915-1996), a teacher in Dayton’s public schools, a community organizer, and active volunteer, purchased the building at 301 Washington Street. John Henderson Sr. trained and employed the couple’s five children, several grandchildren, and many Dayton school students. Three Henderson children continued the business after attending college and taught printing in Dayton’s public schools. By the time henderSon’s printing closed in 2000, its reach extended beyond the African American community. HenderSon’s served many businesses and organizations in the Dayton area and provided technical training some employees used to launch their own ventures.

Posted May 1, 2019

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