Freedom Center expanding online resources during closure

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Freedom Center expanding online resources during closure


Cody Hefner, (513) 608-5777,


Freedom Center expanding online resources during closure

CINCINNATI, OH (March 18, 2020) – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is expanding its online resources for educators, parents, children and adults during its temporary closure to continue to encourage advocacy and fan the flame of freedom.

“The health and safety of our guests, staff and community are paramount and we must take those necessary steps to safeguard them, but we will remain vocal advocates of inclusive freedom at this time,” says Woodrow Keown, Jr., president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “We have a passionate and engaged staff who are eager to support the advocacy of our global community through online and virtual resources, ensuring that this current storm we weather will not extinguish freedom’s flame.”

While its staff works remotely, the Freedom Center continues to tap into their expertise and passion through online learning resources and blog posts. It is also working on creating a virtual tour of the museum that guests can access through its website.

The Freedom Center is also exploring ways it can convene panel discussions and town halls virtually as it continues to be a convener of community dialogue.

The Freedom Center’s End Slavery Now initiative will continue to provide resources in its ongoing effort to end human trafficking locally, nationally and globally. That information is available at

As a non-profit organization, the Freedom Center relies on ticket sales, education program fees, event sales and donations to operate. The closure will have a significant impact on its operating budget and the Freedom Center is encouraging its supporters to consider donating at this time as an investment in its mission.

Continue checking and follow on social media as the Freedom Center continues to create and upload new content throughout the weeks to come.



The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery,

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