Temporary Road Closures and Construction Updates

The Flying Pig Marathon

This weekend, Cincinnati will welcome visitors from all over participating in the Flying Pig Marathon. Traffic and temporary road closures around the Freedom Center will take  Saturday, May 3, between 7 a.m. and 3p.m. Parking prices will not increase and parking passes will be accepted. Traffic to the garage will be limited to a few entrances.

Please carefully consider and review the street closings listed below:


Celebrate Black History Month at the Freedom Center

 28 Days of Black History in 28 Story Quilts

Each day in February, the Freedom Center will use its social media channels to highlight a different quilt from the exhibit, which features 85 story quilts narrating 400 years of African American history.

Your family can join in the celebration at the Freedom Center and online via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @freedomcenter #28days28quilts

The Frederick Douglass Story

This Art Reach theatrical experience embodies the plight of Frederick Douglass. Douglass was a commanding orator and abolitionist. As a young man he educated himself in secret, but he would one day give advice to presidents. Douglass is one of the most respected leaders in our country's history because he did not just speak about his ideals...he lived them.

Join us in the Harriet Tubman Theater February 1 for two amazing performances of The Frederick Douglass Story.

Admission is $10
Two performances: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m
Ideal for Grades 3-12

12 Years a Slave and the new Solomon Northup Tour at the Freedom Center

On October 22, I along with my Freedom Center family, previewed the new major motion picture, 12 Years a Slave based on Solomon Northup’s novel also entitled 12 Years a Slave. The film, directed by Steve McQueen and now playing nation-wide, is an absolute must- see.  From beginning to end, 12 Years a Slave took me on such an emotional journey. I cried as I saw the hardships and turmoil Solomon faced as Chiwetel Ejiofor expertly brought Solomon Northup to life.

Getting Students Engaged in Modern Abolition

The fight for freedom is still taking place today.  As educators we have to provide educational opportunities for students to become actively engaged with the history that will in turn inspire activism to end modern slavery. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center provides pre and post-visit lessons and activities to ensure that a student’s journey of internalizing the difficult content connected to historical and contemporary slavery is understandable.

The Anti-Slavery Press

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.

Genealogy Resources

For a basic family tree, click here.

Tips for Collecting a Family Oral History

The best source of family history is always family. If you have any living grandparents, by all means start  there! Aunts and uncles are also great sources of information, and of course your parents. But your family  is larger than you think – your parents’ first cousins will also have information about earlier generations.   

How do I start? 


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