The USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards finalists are selected by a panel of experts and editors. This is the second straight year the Freedom Center has been announced as a finalist for the award. The Cincinnati museum finished second in the 2021 vote.
“We are honored to be recognized alongside so many wonderful organizations as one of the top history museums in the nation,” said Woodrow Keown, Jr., president and COO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “This nomination is further proof that the enduring legacy of freedom and freedom’s heroes is not only relevant, but critical to our shared cultural heritage. We hope our community and Freedom Center supporters around the globe will turn out online to vote us as the best history museum in the country.”
Since its opening in 2004, the Freedom Center has shared stories of freedom’s heroes from the era of the Underground Railroad to modern day. It is located on the banks of the Ohio River, where many enslaved people took their first steps on free soil after self-liberating through the Underground Railroad in the mid-1800s. Through immersive, thought-provoking exhibits, programming and films the Freedom Center continues to be a convener of dialogue around issues of freedom, the denial of freedom, systemic racism, implicit bias and modern-day enslavement. During a visit, guests are introduced to freedom conductors including Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, John Rankin, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Box Brown, Margaret Garner and the millions whose names have long been forgotten.
Each person can vote one time per day, per email. Voting closes March 14 at 11:59 p.m. You can vote at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-history-museum/.
For more information about the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org.