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Through permanent and traveling exhibits, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center shares the stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring us all.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Logo

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Cincinnati skyline

From across the Ohio River in Covington, KY, the Freedom Center welcomes visitors crossing the Roebling Suspension Bridge to Cincinnati, OH. Thousands of slaves crossed the Ohio River to Cincinnati making their way to freedom during the Underground Railroad Era.

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Harriet Tubman Theater: Suite for Freedom Film

Visitors begin their experience with three inspiring animated stories about freedom and "UnFreedom," slavery, and the Underground Railroad. A star-field lights the ceiling above in the same formation as the morning President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Boeing Flight to Freedom Theater: "Brothers of the Borderland" Film

A unique "environmental theater" experience where visitors follow the courageous actions of Underground Railroad conductors John Parker and Rev. John Rankin of Ripley, OH.
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ESCAPE! Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad

This exhibit is our family-friendly, interactive introduction to Underground Railroad stories of courage, cooperation and perseverance.

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From Slavery to Freedom

In the largest and most traditional exhibit space, visitors explore the Middle Passage, the institution of slavery, the rise of abolitionism and Underground Railroad, and the Civil War.

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The John W. Anderson Slave Pen

The largest artifact at the Freedom Center is an authentic Slave Pen. Visitors listen to Carl B. Westmoreland, our Senior Historian and Curator of the Slave Pen, tell the story of this significant artifact.

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Slave Pen - Original Location

This photo was taken during deconstruction of the Slave Pen.

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Inside the Slave Pen

A close up view inside the Slave Pen of a metal ring.

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