Ohio Civil Rights Commission

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| caption = Ohio AFL-CIO Civil Rights Conference, Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio, ca. 1960-1969.
<p>To help eliminate racial discrimination in Ohio, the Ohio General Assembly created the Ohio Civil Rights Commission in 1959. </p>
<p>The legislation that created the Ohio Civil Rights Commission was the Ohio Civil Rights Act of 1959. This legislation replaced the Ohio Public Accommodations Law of 1884, which had prohibited discriminatory practices in public facilities. The State of Ohio had failed to enforce the earlier act's provisions. The Ohio Civil Rights Act of 1959 was passed to &quot;prevent and eliminate the practice of discrimination in employment against persons because of their race, color, religion, national origin, or ancestry.&quot; Intending to end segregated restaurants, movie theaters, and other businesses, the act also guaranteed all people fair access to public facilities and private businesses. </p>