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Flame Friday: Celebrating Everyday Freedom Heroes

What is Flame Friday?

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center welcomes thousands of visitors annually, all with unique stories, backgrounds and world views.  Though our exhibits, docent-led school tours and unique programming, visitors learn about institutionalized slavery in America and about the network of abolitionists who fought to see its end in the 1800s. Of those visitors, there are many that seek the stories of the Underground Railroad on their personal journey to join the network of modern abolitionists, fighting against modern forms of slavery and human trafficking. Their stories are amazing and inspiring and we feel compelled to share their stories with all of you!

How Can I Share My Story?

Flame Friday is unique way for visitors to engage with the Freedom Center and other modern abolitionsits via social media. Visitors can share their personal journey in enabling freedom when they take pictures with the Eternal Flame, located on the third floor just outside of the From Slavery to Freedom Exhibit.  Once you take your picture, tag it #FlameFriday along with your story online, and via Instagram or Twitter. The Freedom Center will share #FlameFriday stories on Fridays. We encourage everyone to share their story and how they use Freedom's Flame to light the way for others!

 

 

-Assia Johnson, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator

 

Image: (Top) Visiting students from Hughes High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Bottom, from left to right): Brooke Hathaway, Project Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Freedom Hero Josephine Kulea, founder and director of the Samburu Girls Foundation and Luke Blocher, Director of National Strategic Initiatives.