National Underground Railroad Freedom Center finalist for 2021 best history museum

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center finalist for 2021 best history museum

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center finalist for 2021 best history museum

Voting for the top 10 history museums is open through May 10

CINCINNATI, OH (April 15, 2021) —

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a finalist in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for best history museum. The Freedom Center is one of 20 museums nominated and is asking its community of supporters to cast their votes to put it on top. Voting is open now and closes on May 10 at noon EST. You can cast your vote at www.10best.com/awards/travel/best- history-museum-2021/.

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.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the top history museums in the nation,” said Woody Keown, Jr., president and COO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “The stories within our museum must be told and are vital to understanding our nation as it exists today. We’re excited that this nomination can help us spread these stories to even more people.”

Voting for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Best History Museum is open through May 10. Individuals can cast their votes once a day. You can cast your vote at www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-history-museums-2021/.

“We encourage all of our supporters to vote each day and to ask their friends and family to cast their votes for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center so we can rightly acknowledge the work and excellence of this community and national treasure,” added Keown.

For more information about the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center visit freedomcenter.org.

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About the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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 freedomcenter.org, 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, endslaverynow.org

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