Valuing personal freedom for everyone, abolitionists truly believed that “All men are created equal.” They fought fiercely to end the institution of slavery, and through the cooperation of many, American slavery was abolished in 1865. One of the most important tools of the Abolitionist Movement was the printed word. Beginning in the 1830s, anti-slavery advocates printed countless numbers of newspapers, pamphlets and books that challenged the slave system.
Nearly 200 historians and modern abolitionists attended the first-ever Historians Against Slavery National Conference, co-hosted by Historians Against Slavery and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Keynote speakers of the conference were:
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center presents the semi-annual Theodore M. Berry Lecture Series, sponsored by Cincinnati Bell and Convergys. This series, named for Ted Berry, Cincinnati's first African American Mayor and a leading civil rights activist, brings to the City distinguished lecturers on Human Rights and Public Policy issues that further the Freedom Center's mission. Speakers in this series have included:
These focused workshops are developed for educators interested in digging deeper into how to best teach the legacies of slavery and the Underground Railroad, contemporary slavery and the triumph of the human spirit in their classrooms. This is a time to hear from scholars, professionals, and contemporary freedom heroes.
The Freedom Center offers public programs throughout the year, to educate and inspire children and adullts. From online programs such as Google Hangouts and the Youth Abolition Summit to events inside the Museum, there are many opportunities to engage wih the rich content of centuries of freedom heroes.
Ongoing Program: Solomon Northup Tour