The Menelik Hall Ethiopian Cultural Garden Is Dedicated, the First From an African Nation

Sat 8/24 @ 1-3PM

People who regularly drive MLK Drive between University Circle and the Shoreway have probably noticed a new entry in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens taking shape to the south of the existing gardens, with scaffolding and buckets of paint abutting a large billboard-like panel. The sign, already up, informs passersby that it’s the Ethiopian Cultural Garden, the first one dedicated to an African nation. As one might have guessed from two new Ethiopian restaurants opening in the last two years, it’s a growing community here.

That garden, with the panel designed by Ethiopian artist Yetimgeta Zerihum and constructed by Cleveland mosaic artists Ernesto Spinelli, will be dedicated this week, just in time for the Cultural Gardens’ annual One World Day taking place Sun 8/25. Zerihum will be coming in for the event, along with Ethiopian ambassador Fitsum Arega. Mayor Frank Jackson, councilman Kevin Conwell and other local officials will be there as well. It’s free and open to the public.



  1. Them ‘Northern’ Neftegnas!!! Now they have the audacity to colonize Cleveland. That mayor must be born into a Northern Neftegna family. That is it!!! Also that Herb!!! He must be one of those Northern invaders who settled in Cleveland. Wait a minute!!! Did I say these two are Northerners? That makes them both Canadians!!! What? Canadians? Is this the last two frontiers? I gave up!!


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