The Origins of Civil Rights In America The Frederick Douglass Story

On Feb. 1, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will kick-off Black History Month with the Cincinnati Childrens Theater’s production of The Frederick Douglass Story. In reverence of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the national Black History theme is Civil Rights in America. Though we should celebrate this great milestone, we should not forget that the fight for civil rights began before the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. It can be argued that the early civil rights leaders were men like David Walker. David Walker’s Appeal, published in 1829, was a document that instilled pride within people of color and gave hope that change would come one day. He spoke against colonization, a movement that sought to move free Blacks to a colony in Africa. Walker believed that America belonged to all who helped build it, especially the enslaved.

July 18, 1863: The Bravery of the 54th Massachusetts

When southern states began to secede from the Union in 1860, talk of civil war was prevalent throughout the country. For African Americans, this war was about one thing—bringing an end to slavery. Frederick Douglass and other prominent African Americans petitioned Congress and President Lincoln to allow African American men to enlist in the military. Douglass’ words and determination laid heavy in the mind of the President.

Freedom Center voted #2 history museum in the country

February 23, 2024 Freedom Center voted #2 history museum in the country Museum recognized as top three museum in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for fourth year in a row CINCINNATI – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center faced off against 20 other museums across the country for the title of Best History Museum […]

Black Resistance: The Power of the Image

May 12, 2023 Black Resistance: The Power of the Image “I chose my camera as a weapon against all the things I dislike about America — poverty, racism, discrimination.” – Gordon Parks (1912-2006) Through the lens of the camera, communities have been able to document their experience, preserve their history and challenge misconceptions since the […]