5th & Mound

5th & Mound is an intersection in Cincinnati that doesn’t exist anymore. It was destroyed to make way for Interstate 75. Nevertheless, 5th & Mound had been part of Cincinnati’s West End, which remains the most African-American area in the city. Not much is available about this neighborhood online, but the Cincinnati History Library and Archives provides a search tool that lets the user browse their Kenyon Barr Collection, which features a series of creepy photos of the neighborhood, taken as the city was preparing to raze it to the ground. Furthermore, as Steven C. Tracy notes in a history of the Blues in Cincinnati, the Cotton Club, the most important venue for African-American entertainers, was only a block away, on 6th and Mound.