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Interpretation and History’s Demands on the Present

Interpretation and History’s Demands on the Present

Freedom Center Voices November 28, 2020 Interpretation and History’s Demands on the Present “I, too, live in the time of slavery, by which I mean I am living in the future created by it.”  — Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother ...
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What is GivingTuesday and Why Does it Matter?

What is GivingTuesday and Why Does it Matter?

Freedom Center Voices November 24, 2020 What is GivingTuesday and Why Does it Matter? The creators of GivingTuesday describe it as a “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.” Created ...
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Veteran’s Day Reflection: Woodrow Keown, Jr.

Freedom Center Voices Veteran’s Day Reflection: Woodrow Keown, Jr. "My military career began the historic moment my proud dad (a WWII and Korean War veteran) pinned my bars onto my uniform, making me the first commissioned officer in our family’s ...
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Meet Our Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Jennifer Suchland

Meet Our Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Jennifer Suchland

Freedom Center Voices Meet Our Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Jennifer Suchland My name is Dr. Jennifer Suchland. I am an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University and am honored to be in residency this academic year at the National Underground Railroad ...
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National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month

Freedom Center Voices National Native American Heritage Month The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center would like to recognize all the diverse Native American cultures throughout this country, to honor their many freedom heroes, and to educate our guests about their ...
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Understanding Voter Suppression: Why Your Vote Matters

Understanding Voter Suppression: Why Your Vote Matters

Freedom Center Voices Understanding Voter Suppression: Why Your Vote Matters The Presidential Election is now just a few weeks away and like many people, I find myself growing concerned about the ever-mounting presence of one topic: voter suppression. Voter Suppression ...
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Tips for Researching the Underground Railroad

Freedom Center Voices Tips for Researching the Underground Railroad Many of us have been inspired by stories of freedom seekers and conductors who resisted the injustice of slavery in the United States via the Underground Railroad. We encounter their stories ...
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Women and the Vote: 100 Years Later and Still Fighting

Women and the Vote: 100 Years Later and Still Fighting

Freedom Center Voices Women and the Vote: 100 Years Later and Still Fighting This year, we celebrate the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment and ultimately women’s right to vote. Woo! This is amazing right?! 100 years of ...
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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Freedom Center Voices World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Today is the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Designated by the United Nations in 2013, July 30 is observed globally every year to raise awareness about human trafficking, and to ...
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July 18, 1863: The Bravery of the 54th Massachusetts

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 ...
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Ida B. Wells: A Legacy of Justice Deferred

Ida B. Wells: A Legacy of Justice Deferred

Ida B. Wells-Barnett rose to prominence in the 1890s, bringing international attention to the lynching of Black Americans in the South. After three of her friends were lynched in 1892, Wells became one of the most vocal anti-lynching activists in ...
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Singing an Anthem is Not Enough

Singing an Anthem is Not Enough

There has been a mixed response to the NFL’s recent announcement to have Lift Every Voice and Sing performed before every week 1 kickoff. It’s my opinion that performing this anthem at sporting events is a nice symbolic gesture, but it does not actively ...
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The Story of Juneteenth

The Story of Juneteenth

Major General Gordon Granger and 1,800 Union troops landed in Galveston, Texas on June 18, 1865. The next day, June 19, 1865, he issued General Orders, No. 3, declaring that the last remaining enslaved people in the United States were ...
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10 Steps You Can Take to Fight for Inclusive Freedom Today

10 Steps You Can Take to Fight for Inclusive Freedom Today

In the wake of the death of George Floyd, many across the country are looking for ways to get involved. We at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center believe in equity and justice, and encourage everyone to take action in the ...
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OPINION: Reconstruction Failed in the United States. What If It Had Succeeded?

OPINION: Reconstruction Failed in the United States. What If It Had Succeeded?

As a white public historian who has spent years trying to understand what makes people hate, there is one thing I always go back to: what if Reconstruction succeeded in the United States? ...
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Heroes of the American Red Cross

Heroes of the American Red Cross

In honor of the 139th anniversary of the founding of the Red Cross, I would like to focus this week’s post on the contributions of women to the medical field. Throughout history, women serve as the moral backbone of many ...
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Memories at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Memories at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

For today’s #MuseumWeek2020 hashtag #MuseumMomentsMW, I thought I’d share some of my favorite museum memories. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004. I came in October that year to volunteer for ONE weekend and am still here 15 years later! ...
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The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

When news of COVID-19 began to sweep the country, it got me thinking about the past outbreaks in United States history. The first that came to mind was the 1793 yellow fever epidemic that gripped our then-largest American city and ...
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Remembering Healers and Herbal Remedies

Remembering Healers and Herbal Remedies

This week I would like to honor healers, women that brought the tradition of herbal healing to America from Africa using plants, roots, bark and animals to make medicine. Enslavement brought a lot of healers from Africa. If they came ...
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Robert Smalls

Robert Smalls

In the early morning hours of May 13, 1862 on Charleston, South Carolina’s Southern Warf, Robert Smalls and a small group of freedom seekers embarked on a courageous journey to freedom. Like so many enslaved people, the desire for freedom ...
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Mary Eliza Mahoney

Mary Eliza Mahoney

Since our last two blog posts featured outstanding men, I decided to feature an outstanding woman—Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845-1926). Mary Mahoney is known as the first African American to earn a nursing degree in the United States ...
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Perspectives: David Walker

Perspectives: David Walker

Born in Wilmington, N.C. of a free African American mother and an enslaved father, David Walker (c.1798 – 1830) was considered legally free. Slavery followed the condition of the mother, not the father. Even though he was techincally free, he still ...
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Keeping Our History Healthy: John S. Rock

Keeping Our History Healthy: John S. Rock

For as far back as we can recall, African American professionals have distinctly served a dual purpose in American society. The social realities and legacies call for African Americans to be brilliant in their respective occupations while being an example ...
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Keeping our History Healthy: Susie King Taylor

Keeping our History Healthy: Susie King Taylor

As March and Women’s History Month comes to a close, I thought I would write about a woman that even if you have heard of her, you might not realize all that she accomplished. Especially, in a time where women ...
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Statement on the Passing of Judge Nathaniel Jones

Statement on the Passing of Judge Nathaniel Jones

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Judge Nathaniel Jones. Judge Jones has been a champion and advocate of The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center since it’s opening in 2004 but his dedication to equality and inclusive freedom have ...
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Union Baptist Cemetery: Vandalized Sacred Grounds

Union Baptist Cemetery: Vandalized Sacred Grounds

The city of Cincinnati in the free state of Ohio, located in the Northwest Territory bordered Virginia and Kentucky on the south, Indiana on the west and Michigan on the north.  Two hundred and fifty miles to the north, Canada ...
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What Guests are Saying: A Visit from Middletown Middle School

What Guests are Saying: A Visit from Middletown Middle School

As we continue to deliver powerful museum experiences, we would like to take a brief moment to share some of the testimonials from a group of eighth graders from Middletown Middle School that recently visited the museum. Here’s what students ...
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Half - Price Tickets to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running Now Showing at Playhouse in the Park

Half – Price Tickets to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running Now Showing at Playhouse in the Park

Freedom Center Voices Half - Price Tickets to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running Now Showing at Playhouse in the Park The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is proud to partner with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to offer guests HALF-PRICE TICKETS to ...
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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to Host Freedom 55: The Crossroads of Identity and Experiences in the LGBTQ Community - Press Release

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to Host Freedom 55: The Crossroads of Identity and Experiences in the LGBTQ Community – Press Release

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host Freedom 55: The Crossroads of Identity and Experiences in the LGBTQ Community on Wednesday, March 13 beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and followed by a discussion at 6:20 p.m. The panel discussion ...
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Cincinnati Cyclones Frozen 5K and 10K Street Closures

Cincinnati Cyclones Frozen 5K and 10K Street Closures

Please note Saturday, February 2 there will be street closures due to the Cincinnati Cyclones Frozen 5K and 10K. We encourage you to plan your visit accordingly as the museum will be open for our regular operating hours. The following streets ...
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#WearBlueDay: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

#WearBlueDay: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

In 2007, the US Senate established January 11th as the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness. In 2010, President Barack Obama declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Part of the US government’s information campaign about combating human ...
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Legalizing the Fight to Freedom

Legalizing the Fight to Freedom

As I was doing research about the Montgomery Bus Boycott for the #381Days campaign, I didn’t think of looking at the actual city codes of Montgomery, Alabama. It wasn’t until a colleague mentioned that the city ordinance was very ambiguous that ...
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Seasons Greetings from #MyNURFC

Seasons Greetings from #MyNURFC

Whether you’re staying home or traveling this month, we at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center wish you and yours a fun and safe holiday season. We hope you’ll consider stopping by with your loved ones this month for a ...
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Human Rights Day and the Continued Struggle for Inclusive Freedom

Human Rights Day and the Continued Struggle for Inclusive Freedom

Every year on December 10 we recognize Human Rights Day—an UN holiday created to celebrate the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Today is the 70th anniversary of this historic doctrine ...
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Quality Special Education is a Civil Right

Quality Special Education is a Civil Right

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and we’re thinking about this year’s theme of inclusion and equality, especially in terms of special education as a civil right. Meet #MyNURFC Events Manager Jessica Roncker and her older brother Neill ...
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Remembering John Brown

Remembering John Brown

On this day 159 years ago, John Brown was executed by way of hanging in Charles Town, Virginia (present day West Virginia). His crime? The failed raid of a military armory located in Harpers Ferry, VA ...
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You Can’t Get AIDS From A Hug: Why We Honor World AIDS Day

You Can’t Get AIDS From A Hug: Why We Honor World AIDS Day

One of my earliest memories is walking through the hallways of my elementary school seeing posters with sayings like “you can’t get AIDS from a hug and a kiss.” This would have been around the time President Ronald Reagan finally ...
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#381Days: Honoring Rosa Parks and 65 Years Since the Montgomery Bus Boycott

#381Days: Honoring Rosa Parks and 65 Years Since the Montgomery Bus Boycott

December 1, 2018 is the 63rd anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In Ohio, it’s also Rosa Parks Day, the anniversary date of her famous arrest on December 1, 1955. We will honor the great Rosa Parks during the month ...
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Meet Jim Brock: #MyNURFC Docent and Veteran

Meet Jim Brock: #MyNURFC Docent and Veteran

Meet one of our fantastic docents: Jim Brock, a long time member of the #MyNURFC family and veteran of the US Marine Corps ...
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A Salute to Veteran John Pepper

A Salute to Veteran John Pepper

John Pepper, retired Procter & Gamble Chairman and CEO, is an Honorary Co-Chair on the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Board of Directors and a #veteran of the US Navy. He shared this photo of himself as a young servicemen ...
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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be closed on Thursday, November 22 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The museum will resume normal operating hours on Friday, November 23 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM ...
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Veterans Receive Free Admission to National Underground Railroad Freedom Center through November 30

Veterans Receive Free Admission to National Underground Railroad Freedom Center through November 30

Veterans Receive Free Admission to National Underground Railroad Freedom Center through November 30 ...
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2018 Winter Hours Begin Monday, October 1

2018 Winter Hours Begin Monday, October 1

Beginning on Monday October 1, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be closed on Mondays in observance of our scheduled winter hours announced earlier this year. Winter hours will be in effect October - February ...
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Mandela Fridays: Exhibition Tour

Mandela Fridays: Exhibition Tour

Join National Underground Railroad Freedom Center staff and docents for a guided tour of MANDELA: THE JOURNEY TO UBUNTU for Mandela 100, a year of commemoration engagement lead by The Nelson Mandela Foundation, challenging and inspiring organizations and individuals around the world to, "be the ...
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Oktoberfest Traffic Notices & Street Closures

Oktoberfest Traffic Notices & Street Closures

Planning to visit this weekend? Please note that Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is held on 2nd and 3rd Streets, between Elm and Walnut ...
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Cincinnati Music Festival Route Options and Street Closures

Cincinnati Music Festival Route Options and Street Closures

Please be sure to plan your visit to the museum accordingly. Refer to the following instructions for traffic information regarding this weekend’s programming and events throughout Downtown Cincinnati according to the City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering, Traffic ...
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Cincinnati Pride Parade Route Options and Street Closures

Cincinnati Pride Parade Route Options and Street Closures

Please be sure to plan your visit to the museum accordingly ...
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Confederate Currency and Confederate Memory in its Final Week

Confederate Currency and Confederate Memory in its Final Week

You only have until Sunday, July 15 to see the powerful exhibits Confederate Currency: The Color of Money presented by BB&T, and Confederate Memory: Symbolism, Controversy and Legacy ...
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We Are Open on the Fourth of July

We Are Open on the Fourth of July

We are open Wednesday, July 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m ...
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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Responds to Family Separation and Detention at the Border

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Responds to Family Separation and Detention at the Border

At the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, we believe in inclusive freedom – all people, everywhere enjoying rights and privileges of equal number, equal quality, and equal kind. The recent images, audio, and news coverage of children being separated from ...
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We are Open Sundays

We are Open Sundays

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is open on Sundays throughout the 2018 summer season from Noon to 5:00 p.m. As you make your travel arrangements, please keep us in mind if you’re in the Ohio area ...
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2018 Summer Hours Begin Sunday, May 27

2018 Summer Hours Begin Sunday, May 27

Mondays in May are coming to a close on Memorial Day but our seasonal summer hours are quickly approaching. Beginning on Sunday May 27, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be open on Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m ...
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We're Open on Mondays in May

We’re Open on Mondays in May

“Group tour season is upon us, offering educational experiences for our youth,” says Dion Brown, president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “We are prepared and look forward to welcoming student groups as they experience our one-of-a-kind institution this ...
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UPDATE: The museum is open Thursday, March 29.

UPDATE: The museum is open Thursday, March 29.

Because of the rescheduling of opening day, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be OPEN to the public this Thursday, March 29 ...
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Closed This Thursday, March 29

Closed This Thursday, March 29

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be closed to the public this Thursday, March 29. We resume our regular museum hours, Friday, March 30 at 11:00 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience. We wish the Reds well on their ...
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Route Alternatives Due to St. Patrick's Day Parade

Route Alternatives Due to St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When visiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center during regular operating hours (11am-5pm) Saturday, March 10, please consider the following street closures to plan your visit accordingly ...
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UPDATE: Parking Alternatives Due to Flooding

UPDATE: Parking Alternatives Due to Flooding

The Race and Main Street parking garage, (underneath the museum) is now open for visitors during regular museum hours ...
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Parking Alternatives Due to Flooding

Parking Alternatives Due to Flooding

When visiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center during regular operating hours (11am-5pm) this week, please consider parking at Fountain Place Garage and another uptown garage along the streetcar route if you are unable to find metered parking near the ...
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What Means THIS Stone?

What Means THIS Stone?

When I first began my tenure here at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center I was introduced to then President Dr. Clarence G. Newsome’s video “What Mean These Stones?” In the video he addresses the inspiration and symbolism behind the architecture of ...
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Data: Big and Small

Data: Big and Small

In 2018 we live by “big data.” Each of us not only uses data, but we contribute to its collection every time we log onto the web. The question that exposes the modern dilemma is “How much data are ordinary ...
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A Crisis That Enlightens, Informs and Inspires

A Crisis That Enlightens, Informs and Inspires

Each day when I come into work at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, I pass the introduction of the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection, and my favorite part of the exhibit: reproductions of covers of The Crisis.  ...
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Robert S. Duncanson

Robert S. Duncanson

“Landscape, Autumn, 1865” a small, pastoral painting in the midst of all the elements of the Kinsey Collection could easily be overlooked. But this painting by an artist who made Cincinnati his home for 30 years is a powerful statement ...
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The Fate of Frances

The Fate of Frances

As I continue making my way through the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection while it’s here through March 4, I come across a letter written in1854. Reading through it I’m extremely appalled and disheartened by its content. The ...
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A Fresh Perspective

A Fresh Perspective

As the visitor walks through the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection they are exposed to the legacy of the Americas. The visitor encounters materials documenting the age of enslavement and paintings by contemporary African American artists ...
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This Small Book

This Small Book

The Negro Motorist Green Book, published from 1936 to 1966 by New York City mailman, Victor Hugo Green, was used by African American travelers to traverse a hostile American landscape when trying to get from place to place. When the ...
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The Works of Ernie Barnes

The Works of Ernie Barnes

During my work day, I like to spend about 20 – 30 minutes checking out the exhibits. Of course being that the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection is our newest temporary exhibit, I’ve been spending time seeing rarities I know ...
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Harper's Magazine

Harper’s Magazine

As the people of Alabama voted, the cover of Harper's Magazine from November 16, 1867 [which is part of the Kinsey Collection now on display at the Freedom Center] takes on special meaning to me ...
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Brown vs. Board

Brown vs. Board

The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection has an incredibly broad range of objects and art to take in. My favorite item in the collection is the signed decision letter for Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. This ...
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Quiet Strength

Quiet Strength

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection is incredibly powerful and it has been an honor to promote the exhibition with the NURFC team these past few months. The breadth and depth of content, historical and personal, highlights the untold stories ...
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28 Days of The Kinsey Collection

28 Days of The Kinsey Collection

In honor of Black History Month we want to recognize the many contributions and triumphs African Americans made to America throughout history. What better way to show this than to highlight the pieces of the Kinsey African American Art & ...
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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Appalled by Offensive Language Reportedly Used by President Trump

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Appalled by Offensive Language Reportedly Used by President Trump

Freedom Center Voices National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Appalled by Offensive Language Reportedly Used by President Trump As an organization devoted to exploring and understanding the legacy of slavery in order to ensure freedom for all, we at the National ...
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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This weekend through Monday, January 15, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will begin honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his many contributions through a series of programs and activities. We encourage you take part in ...
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Happy Holidays from the Freedom Center

Happy Holidays from the Freedom Center

Freedom Center Voices Happy Holidays from the Freedom Center Just because our fight for freedom is ongoing doesn’t mean we can’t take time out to celebrate and appreciate the blessings in our lives. Often those blessings include being able to ...
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NURFC Holiday Hours

NURFC Holiday Hours

Freedom Center Voices NURFC Holiday Hours As you welcome family and friends from all over to visit Cincinnati, and the Greater Cincinnati region, to appreciate the many successes and joys life can bring, we hope you also take a moment ...
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A Recap of Gallery Talk Series: Confederate Flag Heritage vs. Hate

A Recap of Gallery Talk Series: Confederate Flag Heritage vs. Hate

“I know what that flag means,” said a visitor in the crowd at the second of our gallery talk series, The Confederate Flag: Heritage vs. Hate that occurred Saturday, September 30th, 2017. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to ...
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Special Events Directions for September 15 - September 16, 2017

Special Events Directions for September 15 – September 16, 2017

With so much going on this weekend with Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and the Hudepohl 14K Brewery Run, we want to remind you that we are still open during our regular business hours of 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday ...
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Summer Sundays - Final Weeks

Summer Sundays – Final Weeks

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is the perfect destination for families or individuals to go for a day out while exploring The Banks, or after taking in a church service. With only two Sundays left in our seasonal summer ...
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Becoming an Ethical Consumer with Fair Trade

Becoming an Ethical Consumer with Fair Trade

According to the Global Slavery Index, there are 45.8 million slaves in the world today and over two-thirds of those slaves are victims of forced labor. Forced Labor is obtaining and transporting of a person for labor through the use ...
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We cannot and will not be silent or silenced.

We cannot and will not be silent or silenced.

We believe in inclusive freedom - all people enjoying rights and privileges of equal number, quality and kind. We stand with the oppressed communities of Charlottesville - and this nation - who are traumatized daily by white supremacy. We cannot ...
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Vote For Us As Your Top Ohio Attraction on 10Best.com

Vote For Us As Your Top Ohio Attraction on 10Best.com

Hopefully by now you’ve had the opportunity to visit us over the summer to see our powerful exhibitions such as Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu; try the virtual reality simulation, the Rosa Parks Experience and test your biases in our ...
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Welcome Cincinnati Music Festival Attendees

Welcome Cincinnati Music Festival Attendees

Whether it’s your first time visiting the Queen City or you’re a long - time resident, the Cincinnati Music Festival welcomes each of you with open arms. Although there will be plenty to do this weekend, we encourage you to ...
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The Importance of Our Volunteers

The Importance of Our Volunteers

The volunteer program at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center allows people the opportunity to contribute to the mission while following their interests.  We want our volunteers to be inspired through their passions and our exhibits.  Their inspiration will reflect ...
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Why Knowing the Red Flag Indicators of Human Trafficking Is Important

Why Knowing the Red Flag Indicators of Human Trafficking Is Important

Modern-day slavery does not care who you are, what you look like, or where you come from. It can happen to anyone—any of us—at any given time ...
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The Idea Behind the Forgive/Fight Initiative

The Idea Behind the Forgive/Fight Initiative

On July 18, 2017 at 2:11 pm, twenty-seven FORGIVE/FIGHT statements will be read aloud by the eternal flame on our third floor balcony. These statements have been collected over the course of the run of Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu ...
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We are Open Tuesday, July 4

We are Open Tuesday, July 4

As we approach mid-summer with the holiday upon us, you may be looking for ways to entertain family and guests coming to town. We’d like to suggest that you make a trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center as ...
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The Fight for the Hopper Gibbons House

The Fight for the Hopper Gibbons House

In the summer of 2007 an article in The New York Times informed me that the only home of a White abolitionist in Manhattan in New York City that survived the 1863 Draft Riots was in the process of being altered beyond ...
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The 9th Annual Aruna Run in Cincinnati: The Morning I Ran for Asha

The 9th Annual Aruna Run in Cincinnati: The Morning I Ran for Asha

Waking up early is not exactly my thing, let alone running. But this particular morning I woke up to start my day at 5:00 a.m. to run a 5k. Knowing it was helping to bring a woman named Asha to ...
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New York Times reporter John Eligon visits the Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab

New York Times reporter John Eligon visits the Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab

Discover your implicit biases at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's new exhibit on bias. Exhibition manager Ryan Wynett and NYT reporter John Eligon are walking us through exercises that will reveal your bias ...
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The Power of Inclusive History

The Power of Inclusive History

On May 23 the authorities in New Orleans removed the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from its pedestal. It was the last of four Civil War monuments that the city decided to remove. In the midst of this ...
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Trump and History: Ignorance and Denial

Trump and History: Ignorance and Denial

Ever since Donald Trump became President I have believed his greatest threat to our society and to our democracy is not necessarily his authoritarianism, but his essential ignorance - of history, of policy, of political process, of the Constitution ...
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2017 Summer Hours Begin Sunday

2017 Summer Hours Begin Sunday

“Whether it’s after a church service or community fellowship, or an afternoon in the park with your family enjoying The Banks community - our doors are open for all to experience the museum and be inspired by stories of courage, ...
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A Conversation about Standing Rock

A Conversation about Standing Rock

“The issues at Standing Rock are rooted in the genocide of their people that has been happening for hundreds of years.” –Rachel Ellison For years, news about current events regarding the Native American community have often been swept under the ...
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The Crisis Unfolding in Chechnya

The Crisis Unfolding in Chechnya

There is a crisis unfolding in Chechnya. It has been going on for some weeks now and is gaining some much needed international media attention. Chechen gay men are being hunted. They are being lured into traps via social media and ...
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We all have a role to play in ending slavery, and there are many ways to get involved.

We all have a role to play in ending slavery, and there are many ways to get involved.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and with more than 21 million people enslaved around the world, efforts to combat human trafficking are more important than ever ...
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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Denounces Hate Speech

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Denounces Hate Speech

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center tells stories about the past to educate and inform the present in order to prevent historical atrocities from recurring. This is our charge as a museum of conscience. We are the watchers and keepers ...
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Give the Gift of Freedom: Buy One Membership, Get One for Half Price

Give the Gift of Freedom: Buy One Membership, Get One for Half Price

‘Tis the season of giving. Why not give your family and friends the gift of a National Underground Railroad Freedom Center membership? From November 18 through January 1, you can get one membership for half price with the purchase of ...
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Go Vote, America

Go Vote, America

In just a few short days Americans will wake up with a civic obligation to go to the polls and cast their vote. In the absence of some catastrophic event there are two inevitabilities and two choices facing us on ...
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Race, Religion and Nation: From Black Power to Black Lives Matter

Race, Religion and Nation: From Black Power to Black Lives Matter

Methodist Theological School in Ohio will offer a timely and compelling graduate-level course, “Race, Religion and Nation: From Black Power to Black Lives Matter,” at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way in Cincinnati ...
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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Announces Extended Run of Solitary Confinement Cell Experience

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Announces Extended Run of Solitary Confinement Cell Experience

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has announced the extended run of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture’s (NRCAT) Solitary Confinement Cell Experience through October 29, 2016. The exhibit, in partnership with the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, is a ...
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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Special Hours This Saturday, October 8

FotoFocus has returned to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in a stunning three- part installation in the Skirball Gallery, as part of FotoFocus's Biennial -- Photography, the Undocument. This Saturday, October 8, the museum will close to the public at ...
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Ambassador Battle Reviews: The Queen of Katwe

Ambassador Battle Reviews: The Queen of Katwe

The Queen of Katwe is an excellent movie for multiple reasons; I will mention five of the key reasons everyone should see this movie. The first reason is that The Queen of Katwe demonstrates the very clear connection between learning chess ...
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Introducing Demetrius Williams, Marketing Intern

Introducing Demetrius Williams, Marketing Intern

Hello everyone! My name is Demetrius Williams and I am the new Marketing & Communications Intern for the Fall of 2016. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where I attended Hughes Center High School ...
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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2016 & Parking

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2016 & Parking

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and presented by Sam Adams, will celebrate its 40th anniversary, September 16-18 at a bigger, better site on Second and Third Streets, between Elm and Walnut Streets, downtown.  ...
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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Open During Streetcar Weekend, Sunday, Sept. 11

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Open During Streetcar Weekend, Sunday, Sept. 11

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be open to the public this Sunday, September 11 during the opening weekend of the Cincinnati Bell Connector (aka the Cincinnati Streetcar), offering the public more opportunities to visit throughout the weekend-long schedule of festivities ...
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In Memoriam of Jerry Gore

In Memoriam of Jerry Gore

Jerry  Gore, a retired  faculty member of  Morehead  State  University and a  lifelong resident  of  Maysville, KY, passed away August  3, 2016, after losing a battle with pneumonia. Mr.  Gore was a respected  local  historian  who developed  a national  reputation ...
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Islamophobia – not in our Community!

Islamophobia – not in our Community!

Thank you, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, for making the Islamophobia – not in our Community! brochure accessible to the public. Not since the aftermath of “9/11” have American Muslims as a group faced such unwarranted suspicion and outright bigotry ...
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Civil Rights Icon Vernon Jordan Returns to Cincinnati

Civil Rights Icon Vernon Jordan Returns to Cincinnati

Civil Rights leader and former National Underground Railroad Freedom Center advisory board member Vernon Jordan will be returning to Cincinnati this summer for the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Convention. Jordan is scheduled to be the keynote speaker July 16 at ...
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Clarence G. Newsome, president, Asks Nation to Come Together in the Midst of This Week’s Violence

Clarence G. Newsome, president, Asks Nation to Come Together in the Midst of This Week’s Violence

Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, calls the nation to come together after three horrific shootings that have deeply affected communities across the country.   ...
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Supporting the LGBTQ Community After Pulse

Supporting the LGBTQ Community After Pulse

Freedom Center Voices Supporting the LGBTQ Community After Pulse It has been nearly two weeks since the attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando and I have had a very difficult time putting into words exactly how this horrible atrocity has me feeling ...
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Here's Why We Should Not Boycott Roots

Here’s Why We Should Not Boycott Roots

By now you may have read Snoop’s comments about the reboot of Roots and his call to boycott the series. His comments, which he delivered this week via Instagram—from his account that boasts a following of 10. 5 million users—has ...
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Freedom Center Open This Memorial Day, May 30

Freedom Center Open This Memorial Day, May 30

Freedom Center Voices Freedom Center Open This Memorial Day, May 30 The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be open to the public on Memorial Day, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to being open on Memorial Day, the ...
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Freedom Center Gift Shop Sale

Freedom Center Gift Shop Sale

Freedom Center Voices Freedom Center Gift Shop Sale The Gift Shop at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is full of great gift ideas for your entire family—with a variety of books, apparel, souvenirs, art, beautifully and locally hand-crafted jewelry, ...
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Freedom Center Open Sundays In Summer

Freedom Center Open Sundays In Summer

The museum will be open on Sundays beginning May 29. Our extended summer hours provide more opportunities to engage in historical programming, tour permanent exhibitions and experience special exhibitions including ENSLAVED: A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery, featuring images ...
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Comments on The Image of Harriet Tubman on the U.S. $20 Bill

Comments on The Image of Harriet Tubman on the U.S. $20 Bill

The richness of American diversity and the multifaceted contributions to American democracy is making an appearance on American currency. Harriet Tubman’s image on the American $20 bill represents a recognition of the role people of color and women played in making the ...
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Freedom Center Open Mondays in May

Freedom Center Open Mondays in May

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be open to the public each Monday in May from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum’s regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The additional hours of ...
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Chris Felix Artwork Available for Purchase During Screening of American Pastime

Chris Felix Artwork Available for Purchase During Screening of American Pastime

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host local artist Chris Felix May 4, whose commissioned artwork of American baseball legend Kenichi Zenimura entitled “Kenichi Zenimura, Go for Broke,” will be on view and available for purchase at the screening ...
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Gift Shop Sale: Mother's Day Gift Ideas and More!

Gift Shop Sale: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and More!

Still trying to figure out what to get mom this Mother's Day? The Gift Shop at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is full of great gift ideas—including beautifully and locally hand-crafted jewelry, art, souvenirs, apparel, books, toys, fashion accessories, ...
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This Week: Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing

This Week: Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing

Just in time for baseball season, Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing heads to the mound at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, running April 23 to May 21. The play is an inspirational new drama by Trey Ellis and ...
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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Announces New Curator

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Announces New Curator

This month, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center announced the appointment of Ashley Jordan of Mansfield, OH, to the role of curator. Jordan's appointment comes as the museum approaches the close of its 2015-2016 theme, "Stories That Must Be Told." ...
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In Memoriam: Remembering & Celebrating the Life of Mrs. Jackie Wallace

In Memoriam: Remembering & Celebrating the Life of Mrs. Jackie Wallace

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center family is mourning the loss of a beloved colleague, friend and life-long educator, Mrs. Jackie Wallace. Her passion for the work of the Freedom Center was immeasurable and her love for the people she ...
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Freedom Center Named Top Historical Spot In Ohio Worth Traveling For

Freedom Center Named Top Historical Spot In Ohio Worth Traveling For

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has been named as one of FlipKey’s Top Historical Spots Worth Traveling For, representing the state of Ohio on the 2016 national list. FlipKey, a TripAdvisor company and leading vacation rental service featuring the ...
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2016 Picture Freedom Art Contest: Now Accepting Entries

2016 Picture Freedom Art Contest: Now Accepting Entries

This week, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center announced the 2016 Picture Freedom Art Contest—a nationwide student art competition challenging students to create works of art capturing America’s struggle for inclusive freedom and equality ...
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Reveal Stories: The 18 Black American Athletes of the 1936 Olympic Games

Reveal Stories: The 18 Black American Athletes of the 1936 Olympic Games

History remembers and celebrates Jesse “the Buckeye Bullet” Owens and his meteoric rise to fame after winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. However, it seems as if history has almost all but forgotten the 17 other black American athletes, 15 men and 2 ...
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From the History News Network: Is African American History at Risk?

From the History News Network: Is African American History at Risk?

A recent post on historynewsnetwork.org by Dr. James Brewer Stewart provides insight on the possibly of African American History being at risk. Stewart, a Professor at Macalester College and founder of Historians Against Slavery, discusses the rich African American history ...
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James Pate: The Ice Cube of Contemporary Art

James Pate: The Ice Cube of Contemporary Art

The morning after the exhibit opening of Kin Killin’ Kin ...
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International Human Rights Day: Cincinnati Honors Legacy of Helen Suzman

International Human Rights Day: Cincinnati Honors Legacy of Helen Suzman

In honor of International Human Rights Day, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati will host a panel discussion with local women who have played meaningful roles in ...
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150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment: President Obama Gives Presidential Proclamation

150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment: President Obama Gives Presidential Proclamation

President Obama speaks in Emancipation Hall on Capitol Hill Wednesday during a commemoration ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which abolished slavery in the U.S./ USA TODAY ...
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Freedom Center to Host Pulitzer Prize–Winning Historian Eric Foner Next Week

Freedom Center to Host Pulitzer Prize–Winning Historian Eric Foner Next Week

Next Tuesday, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University Eric Foner December 1 at 6 p.m., where he will discuss his latest work, Gateway to Freedom: The ...
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Flame Friday: Artist James Pate

Flame Friday: Artist James Pate

Happy Flame Friday! This week, we’re featuring local artist and Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts alumni James Pate. His series Kin Killin’ Kin, opening tomorrow at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, is a striking visual experience exploring ...
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Ohio Civil Rights Commission Honors Ohioans Who Furthered Civil and Human Rights

Ohio Civil Rights Commission Honors Ohioans Who Furthered Civil and Human Rights

This week, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center staff attended the seventh annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. The Hall of Fame was created by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, in order to ...
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King Records now a Cincinnati landmark

King Records now a Cincinnati landmark

Last week, the unofficial national musical treasure, King Records, was named a historic landmark of the City of Cincinnati. The now legendary music recording complex, located on Brewster Ave. in the Evanston neighborhood, was one of the most influential recording labels of ...
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Freedom Center to Host Award-winning Author and Yale University Alumni Jeff Hobbs Thursday

Freedom Center to Host Award-winning Author and Yale University Alumni Jeff Hobbs Thursday

This Thursday, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host award-winning author and Yale University alumni Jeff Hobbs at 6 p.m. in the Harriet Tubman Theater, where he will discuss his latest work, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert ...
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Connecting Art with History: The Freedom Center Team Visits the Contemporary Art Center

Connecting Art with History: The Freedom Center Team Visits the Contemporary Art Center

This past Monday was our first ever all staff visit to the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). At the insistence of our President, Dr. CG Newsome, we were there to experience Titus Kaphar’s The Vesper Project and we were not disappointed ...
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On This Day in History: The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

On This Day in History: The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

On this day in 1862, the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln, stating that “if the rebels did not end the fighting and rejoin the Union by January 1, 1863, all slaves in the rebellious states would ...
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52 Anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

52 Anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

Today is the anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, where four little girls, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins, died in an attack orchestrated and carried out by members of the Ku Klux Klan ...
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Connect with History Labor Day Weekend: September 6 is the Final Sunday of Seasonal Hours!

Connect with History Labor Day Weekend: September 6 is the Final Sunday of Seasonal Hours!

The summer is winding down and schools around the region are already back in session, which means that Labor Day Weekend is the last opportunity to take advantage of seasonal Sunday hours. The long weekend is also the perfect time to engage with history ...
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Remembering Louis Stokes

Remembering Louis Stokes

Today we share our condolences with the family and friends of Louis Stokes and echo the sentiments of Rep. John Lewis, "he [Stokes] was a gifted public servant who brought dignity to the office and contributed to the public good ...
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USA Today picks the John Rankin House as the "hidden gem" to visit in Ohio

USA Today picks the John Rankin House as the “hidden gem” to visit in Ohio

A few days ago, USA Today posted an article about hidden gems to visit in each of the 50 states. The John Rankin House, a once very active Underground Railroad station was chosen as Ohio’s “hidden gem.” The home, located ...
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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Today the United Nations observes International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. The day is meant to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade and give people a chance to think about ...
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Jeff Ruby hosts fundraiser for Sonny Kim's family

Jeff Ruby hosts fundraiser for Sonny Kim’s family

On Monday, August 24, Jeff Ruby will be hosting a fundraiser for Sonny Kim's family at The Precinct. The cost is $125.00 per person and 100% of the cost will be donated to the family. The food served will be ...
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50 Years Later: The Voting Rights Act of 1965

50 Years Later: The Voting Rights Act of 1965

Today is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Voting Rights Act.  The landmark legislation was signed into law by President Johnson during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, just months after the historic Selma to Montgomery march. The ...
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Sam DuBose: Black Lives Matter

Sam DuBose: Black Lives Matter

The eyes of the nation are on Cincinnati. Today the Hamilton County Grand Jury returned an indictment for murder in the tragic shooting death of Samuel DuBose during a routine traffic stop just over one week ago. During that time ...
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NFL hires first female coach

NFL hires first female coach

Jen Welter, 37, made history last month, July 27, when she was hired by the Arizona Cardinals – the first female coach in the National Football League. Welter, who holds a master’s degree in sports psychology and a PhD in ...
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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

In 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations came together to dedicate a day to raising awareness about human trafficking and the situations of the victims involved and to promote and protect their rights. Today, July 30, is the ...
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Kerner Commission Established on this Day, 1967

Kerner Commission Established on this Day, 1967

On July 27, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (AKA the Kerner Commission), tasked with assessing the causes of widespread urban rioting at the time. President Johnson asked the 11-member commission, “What happened? ...
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Freedom Center’s Hathaway debunks myths about human trafficking

Freedom Center’s Hathaway debunks myths about human trafficking

Brooke Hathaway, manager of anti-trafficking programs for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, recently wrote a post published on the International Human Trafficking Institute’s website addressing myths about modern-day human trafficking ...
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The Youth Pages Toledo App

The Youth Pages Toledo App

Human trafficking is a big issue in our country and that is the reason why The Youth Pages Toledo app was created. The app is geared towards children and teenagers because they are most vulnerable to human trafficking. It provides ...
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Local woman to compete in Special Olympics World Games

Local woman to compete in Special Olympics World Games

The Cincinnati area can cheer on for a local in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which begins this Saturday in Los Angeles. Danielle Blakeney, 24, of Erlanger in Northern Kentucky will compete with 7,000 athletes from 177 countries in this global celebration ...
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Cincinnati Sit-in a "protest of normalcy"

Cincinnati Sit-in a “protest of normalcy”

When Robin Martin moved to Cincinnati in 2007, she noticed that most of the people in the placed she frequented didn’t look like her, she said in an opinion piece to The Cincinnati Enquirer on Monday, July 20. “Cincinnati is ...
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OH Human Trafficking Task Force makes recommendations

OH Human Trafficking Task Force makes recommendations

Ohio plans to further improve services for victims of trafficking, the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force announced in a report on Monday, July 20 ...
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#FlameFriday: Toni Stone

#FlameFriday: Toni Stone

On this day, July 17, 1921, batter Toni “tomboy” Stone, was born in Saint Paul Minnesota. Stone was the first of three women to play professionally in the Negro Baseball Leagues. As a child, Stone loved to play ball, but ...
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Honor Nelson Mandela this Sat with 67 min of service

Honor Nelson Mandela this Sat with 67 min of service

This Saturday, July 18, the United Nations and the Nelson Mandela Foundation honor the equal rights activist Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) during Nelson Mandela International Day ...
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Former Auschwitz guard sentenced

Former Auschwitz guard sentenced

This Wednesday, July 15, former Auschwitz guard Oskar Gröning was sentenced to four years in prison for being an accessory to the deaths of 300,000 people in “what could be one of the last big Holocaust trials.” The 94-year-old German ...
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14th Amendment Ratified on this Day, 1868

14th Amendment Ratified on this Day, 1868

On July 9, 1868, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, granting citizenship and its benefits to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States” – a right that was previously denied to formerly enslaved persons ...
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Planning Your Visit Friday, July 10

Planning Your Visit Friday, July 10

This Friday, July 10, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be closing early due to a private event. The museum will open at 11am, but will close early at 3 pm. All exhibits will remain open to the public ...
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NHL selects first Chinese player

NHL selects first Chinese player

Andong “Misha” Song, 18, made history last week as the first Chinese player in the National Hockey League after being selected by the New York Islanders with the No. 172 pick on Saturday, June 27. One sports official suggested Song might become ...
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Misty Copland- First African-American woman promoted at the American Ballet Theatre

Misty Copland- First African-American woman promoted at the American Ballet Theatre

Misty Copland, 32, has become the first African-American female to be promoted to the highest rank at the American Ballet Theatre. She is a 19-year veteran of the company, being promoted from a soloist to a principal dancer. The company has been around ...
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The Cincinnati Cobra mural

The Cincinnati Cobra mural

Artworks, a non-profit arts organization, is celebrating their 100th mural since their program began in 2007. Several murals have been painted throughout the summer, but the 100th mural was specifically dedicated to honor the late Ezzard Charles. Charles was a ...
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#FlameFriday: Remembering Officer Kim

#FlameFriday: Remembering Officer Kim

Today we honor local hero and Cincinnati Police Officer, Sonny Kim. On the morning of Friday, June 19, Officer Kim, responded to a 911 call, when he was fatally shot by Trepierre Hummons who later died at the hospital ...
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Freedmen’s Bureau Indexing Campaign

Freedmen’s Bureau Indexing Campaign

Last Friday, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center hosted the Freedmen’s Bureau Indexing Campaign announcement. FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world, announced the digital release of over 4 million Freedmen’s Bureau historical records and the launch a nationwide ...
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Warren Co. Underground Railroad station honored with historical marker

Warren Co. Underground Railroad station honored with historical marker

Henry Thomas and Nancy Butterworth have been honored with a new Ohio historical marker at the site of their mid-1800s home in southern Warren County ...
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Freedom Center Named one of Midwest Living's "50 Midwest Museums We Love"

Freedom Center Named one of Midwest Living’s “50 Midwest Museums We Love”

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has been named one of Midwest Living’s “50 Midwest Museums We Love.” Midwest Living, whose readership reaches 4.1 million people across 12 states, noted the Center as a “multilevel museum [that] captures the history ...
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Dr. Newsome speaks at international conference in Paris

Dr. Newsome speaks at international conference in Paris

Cincinnati has been recognized as a resource for the international museum community, and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center president Dr. Clarence Newsome had the chance to be part of that honor ...
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Mason man recalls Tiananmen Square

Mason man recalls Tiananmen Square

Guiru Zhang of Mason recently wrote in to the Cincinnati Enquirer, recalling his memories of living in Beijing during the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. He wrote in honor of the 26th anniversary of the massacre, which was part of the ...
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I Hear Music in the Air, Inc: 2015 Legends Ball

I Hear Music in the Air, Inc: 2015 Legends Ball

I Hear Music in the Air, Inc. announced this week the awardees of the 2015 Legends Ball. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is one of many organizations and individuals in the tri-state region to be honored during the evening’s ...
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The National Youth Summit 2015

The National Youth Summit 2015

“Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope--some because of their poverty, and some because of their color, and all too many because of both. Our task is to help replace their despair with opportunity [and declare] and unconditional ...
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Cincinnatus Association Announces New Award Honoring Donald and Marian Spencer [Updated ]

Cincinnatus Association Announces New Award Honoring Donald and Marian Spencer [Updated ]

On May 5, The Cincinnatus Association announced a new award honoring Cincinnati Civil Rights icons, Donald and Marian Spencer. The Spencer's, known locally as the “First Couple of Civil Rights” in Cincinnati, will have their legacy immortalized in three separate ...
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Fair Trade Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Fair Trade Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Still trying to figure out what to get mom this Mother's Day? The Freedom Center Gift Shop is full of great gift ideas, including beautiful handmade, fair trade accessories and jewelry that both celebrate mothers and elevate women and girls ...
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Docent Stories: James Brock, Celebrating 10 Years as a NURFC Docent

Docent Stories: James Brock, Celebrating 10 Years as a NURFC Docent

When I first learned of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC), I was newly retired and looking for ways to give back to the community. During that time, Candace Simmons was the volunteer coordinator at the NURFC and she ...
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Jimmie Lee Jackson: The Murder that Sparked the Selma to Montgomery Marches of 1965

Jimmie Lee Jackson: The Murder that Sparked the Selma to Montgomery Marches of 1965

On February 26, 1965, Alabama civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson died after he was brutally beaten and shot by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler during a peaceful voting rights march on February 18, 1965 ...
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Freedom Center Seasonal Hours are Back

Freedom Center Seasonal Hours are Back

It's that time of year again--warmer weather, longer days and the return of seasonal visitor hours! School groups from across the region will be visiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this spring, to engage with history, learn about modern ...
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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy. As the New Year Begins, the Community Gathers to Recommit to Dr. King's Dream

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy. As the New Year Begins, the Community Gathers to Recommit to Dr. King’s Dream

During the month of January, celebrations across the tri-state will reflect upon Dr. King's legacy and dream. At the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the 2015 King Legacy Awards Breakfast will highlight past King Legacy Award honorees and the courageous ...
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NURFC Youth Docent Graduation: Class of 2013-2014

NURFC Youth Docent Graduation: Class of 2013-2014

Last year, the Links and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's Youth Docents program held the 2013-14 graduation ceremony and induction of the 2014-15 class in the Grand Hall. It was a night filled with reminiscing and pride for all that ...
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Young, Powerful and Influential: How Malala Yousafzai is Changing the World

Young, Powerful and Influential: How Malala Yousafzai is Changing the World

Earlier this month, Malala Yousafzai made history as the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner ever at age 17. Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education rights and has been engaged in activist work since she was only 11 years old! ...
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A Day in the Life of a Museum Apprentice

A Day in the Life of a Museum Apprentice

As an museum apprentice at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, one part of my job is to go through the museum every day to make sure every single aspect of each exhibition is functioning, undamaged and ready for a ...
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Emmett Till: When America Could No Longer Ignore Jim Crow

Emmett Till: When America Could No Longer Ignore Jim Crow

On August 21, 1955, 14-year old Emmett Till traveled from his hometown of Chicago to visit his cousins in Money, Mississippi. On August 31, his mutilated corpse was pulled from the Tallahatchie River ...
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Freedom Center Voices: Meet Gina Armstrong

Freedom Center Voices: Meet Gina Armstrong

Now that I've been at the Freedom Center for almost a year, regaling you with exciting behind-the-scenes tales of collections and exhibits, it's time to introduce myself ...
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Youth Action Against Modern-Day Slavery

Youth Action Against Modern-Day Slavery

You have raised my awareness…now what? One of biggest frustrations in the anti-trafficking movement is the idea that we, particularly youth and young adults, can’t do anything to significantly influence the fight against modern-day slavery. Our choice is either to ...
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Welcome to Cincinnati!

Welcome to Cincinnati!

Welcome to Cincinnati and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center! It's an honor to welcome you to the city. There are plenty of amazing Cincinnati attractions for you to see and experience during your visit — including Macy's Music Festival ...
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Remembering Lois Rosenthal

Remembering Lois Rosenthal

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center was saddened to hear of the passing of an icon of the Cincinnati community, Lois Rosenthal ...
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Meet the Newest Freedom Center Team Member: Brittany Vernon

Meet the Newest Freedom Center Team Member: Brittany Vernon

This week I would like to honor healers, women that brought the tradition of herbal healing to America from Africa using plants, roots, bark and animals to make medicine. Enslavement brought a lot of healers from Africa. If they came ...
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The Most Important People at the Freedom Center

The Most Important People at the Freedom Center

“OK, so who are the most important people at the Freedom Center?” I asked the Youth Docents. We were doing a training on communication and customer service, and to be honest the answer I was fishing for was “visitors.” The ...
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Still Rising

Still Rising

Two weeks ago, the world had a great light extinguished when Dr. Maya Angelou passed away. I have been thinking about her legacy a bit since her passing, and have been primarily grateful that she left us with such a ...
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#BringBackOurGirls Event at the Freedom Center

#BringBackOurGirls Event at the Freedom Center

This Friday, join local leaders and activists at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for a discussion of the recent kidnappings in Nigeria and the accompanying worldwide #Bringbackourgirls social media campaign. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of ...
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The Making of "Cincinnati's Soldiers"

The Making of “Cincinnati’s Soldiers”

Someone recently asked me “how do you create exhibits at the Freedom Center?” Well, every exhibit is slightly different, but I can tell you how we created our new online exhibit, Cincinnati’s Soldiers: Men and Women in the First World War ...
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Maya Angelou's Great Legacy

Maya Angelou’s Great Legacy

“Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. During slavery, who was able to read or write or keep anything? The ability to have somebody to tell your story to is so important. It says: 'I was here ...
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Freedom Center Archives: Preserving Solomon Northup's Story

Freedom Center Archives: Preserving Solomon Northup’s Story

NURFC recently aquired a first edition of Solomon Northup's story of captivity, Twelve Years a Slave , now on display just outside of the Everyday Freedom Heroes gallery. We love that we're able to share this artifact with visitors of ...
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Remembering Cincinnati civil rights pioneer, Juanita Adams

Remembering Cincinnati civil rights pioneer, Juanita Adams

"We at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center were saddened to hear the news today of Cincinnati civil rights pioneer Juanita Adams. Ms. Adams was a long-time Ambassador and supporter of the Freedom Center and her influence on both the ...
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"What’s the Story Here?": A Glimpse Inside the Freedom Center Archives

“What’s the Story Here?”: A Glimpse Inside the Freedom Center Archives

In recently reading Kate White’s book of the same title, I was struck by her tips for “masterfully managing your boss.” Who doesn’t want to know how to do that? And, as a boss, I realize that it may not be such ...
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"Fan the Flame" at National History Day

“Fan the Flame” at National History Day

On April 26, 2014, thousands of middle and high school students from all over Ohio gathered in Columbus to participate in the state level competition for National History Day. NHD is an annual academic program and competition that engages students ...
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A Call For Action: Bring Back Our Girls

A Call For Action: Bring Back Our Girls

By now, you all are aware of the horrific kidnappings that took place in Nigeria on April 15. It is now estimated that 200-300 young women were taken from the Chibok Government Girls Secondary school by Muslim extremist group, Boko ...
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Youth Docents as Freedom Ambassadors Youth Docents Begin Service

Youth Docents as Freedom Ambassadors Youth Docents Begin Service

Over the past two and a half months, the Freedom Center’s Youth Docents have been acting as guides and educators in our museum. They have been putting their training to use by helping visitors learn from the Freedom Center’s exhibits ...
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Part of the Solution?

Part of the Solution?

One of the things I relish about my work at NURFC is the chance to develop a deeper understanding about enslavement today and the steps I can take in my own life to end it ...
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Artist & Author Speak

Artist & Author Speak

The brilliant artist James Pate was born in Birmingham, Alabama but raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he attended the School for the Creative and Performing Arts. During his senior year he earned a scholarship to attend the Art Academy through ...
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"We have abolished the slave, but the master remains."

“We have abolished the slave, but the master remains.”

On April 3, Director of National Strategic Initiatives Luke Blocher took part in a panel discussion on modern slavery as part of the opening ceremonies of the new Mayerson JCC exhibition, When Slavery Hits Home: Not Just History But Here ...
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Nearly Washed Away

Nearly Washed Away

Next August will mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent failure of the New Orleans levee system that caused devastating flooding. Viola Burley Leak’s 2012 Katrina Wreckage and Tears … And Still We Rise quilt in the ...
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Two Stood Up

Two Stood Up

Imagine being one of 13 children in a family that owns over 100 slaves and believing slavery is wrong. That is the life of the Grimkè sisters, Angelina Grimkè Weld and Sarah Moore Grimkè. But the sisters did not stand ...
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Let Us Honor and Celebrate Women

Let Us Honor and Celebrate Women

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, in collaboration with the Know Theatre of Cincinnati, will kick-off Women’s History Month with a production of We Will Rise: Selections from The Afghan Women’s Writing Project. This coming Saturday is International Women’s Day ...
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Unknowing Heroes

Unknowing Heroes

My favorite quilt in NURFC’s And Still We Rise exhibit is Syvia Hernandez's quilt, Birmingham Bombing. Hernandez's quilt commemorates the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, September 15, 1963, and the four girls whose lives became ...
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Have You Taken the Solomon Northup Tour Yet?

Have You Taken the Solomon Northup Tour Yet?

Join us Oscar Weekend Saturday, March 1 at the Freedom Center, for guided tours of the Solomon Northup Tour!  Tours will begin at 11 am and continue throughout the day at the top of every hour until 4pm.  The Solomon Northup ...
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In It To End It - So What Can I Do?

In It To End It – So What Can I Do?

Have you seen the red Xs taking over Facebook today? Or perhaps you joined in and marked your hand with the X yourself. The End It Movement asked the anti trafficking community and its followers to shine a light on ...
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Ohio Anti-Trafficking Leaders Gather at Freedom Center & Tour Invisible

Ohio Anti-Trafficking Leaders Gather at Freedom Center & Tour Invisible

On Tuesday, February 25th, the Freedom Center will host the leaders of the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), its Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), the Southwestern Ohio branch of the Salvation Army, and the Greater Cincinnati Rescue & ...
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Rare Book Exemplifies the Triumph of the Human Spirit

Rare Book Exemplifies the Triumph of the Human Spirit

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is the home to a truly unique collection of artifacts. These pieces of the past share stories of courage, cooperation and perseverance, the cornerstones of freedom movements throughout history ...
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Found in Collection*

Found in Collection*

*Found in Collection is a term used to denote materials not originally part of a large donation or that are undocumented. I’ll be using it to talk about interesting stories not necessarily able to be on display in the NURFC ...
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Celebrate Black History Month at the Freedom Center

Celebrate Black History Month at the Freedom Center

28 Days of Black History in 28 Story Quilts ...
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The Anti-Slavery Record

The Anti-Slavery Record

The Anti-Slavery Record was an abolitionist series published for the American Anti-Slavery Society by R. G. Williams. The monthly was published in New York and had a three year run from 1835 to 1837. Issues of the Anti-Slavery Record were ...
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How Violence Plagues the Poor

How Violence Plagues the Poor

Our friends at the International Justice Mission made an exciting announcement this morning. Their President and CEO, Gary Haugen, released his brand new book, The Locust Effect, which details the reality of brutal, constant, and unchecked violence that confronts most of the world’s poor ...
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Remarks at the Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Remarks at the Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Note: Luke Blocher, Director of Strategic Initiatives, joined state and national anti-trafficking leaders in Columbus on January 9, 2014 and delivered these remarks. He was joined by keynote speaker Theresa Flores, human trafficking survivor and founder of Save Our Adolescents from ...
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The Origins of Civil Rights In America The Frederick Douglass Story

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 ...
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Become a Freedom Conductor: Volunteer with the Freedom Center!

Become a Freedom Conductor: Volunteer with the Freedom Center!

Here at the Freedom Center, one of the most powerful ways we reveal stories of freedom’s heroes is by offering guided tours of our exhibits to groups. Many of these tours are given to students from local and regional schools ...
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Historical Perspectives On Slavery

Historical Perspectives On Slavery

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center uses an expanding archival collection to gain valuable historic perspectives on the institution of slavery. After all, it is undoubtedly difficult for the 21st century person to completely understand many different aspects of 19th ...
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Flame Friday: Celebrating Everyday Freedom Heroes What is Flame Friday?

Flame Friday: Celebrating Everyday Freedom Heroes What is Flame Friday?

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center welcomes thousands of visitors annually, all with unique stories, backgrounds and world views. Though our exhibits, docent-led school tours and unique programming, visitors learn about institutionalized slavery in America and about the network of ...
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"12 Years A Slave" Relevance to Today

“12 Years A Slave” Relevance to Today

As I mentioned last month, Fox Searchlight released its new film, “12 Years a Slave” last Friday night in theaters across America. Staff and friends of the Freedom Center were treated to a sneak preview in Cincinnati a week ago, ...
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Education Beyond The Classroom: Lessons for Students and Educators

Education Beyond The Classroom: Lessons for Students and Educators

Educators are some of the most innovative people who effectively invent creative ways to help children become lifelong learners. In today’s global and ever changing technological society, educators are always faced with the challenge of helping children bridge the gap ...
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Remembering Nelson Mandela

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Along with freedom lovers around the world, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela, one of history’s greatest leaders. We also pause to celebrate and reflect on his life’s work, and the inspiration he will ...
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Cincinnati Connections: Union Baptist Church of Cincinnati

Cincinnati Connections: Union Baptist Church of Cincinnati

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center serves as the caretaker for many artifacts that help tell the story of historical slavery and abolitionist efforts in America. A truly remarkable set of artifacts that the Freedom Center has the pleasure of ...
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Remembering President Kennedy

Remembering President Kennedy

1963 was a momentous year in America. A collision of several forces focusing on race and power in America was underway ...
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The Anti-Slavery Press

The Anti-Slavery Press

Valuing personal freedom for everyone, abolitionists truly believed that “All men are created equal.” They fought fiercely to end the institution of slavery, and through the cooperation of many, American slavery was abolished in 1865. One of the most important ...
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The Solomon Northup Tour

The Solomon Northup Tour

After watching the film, Twelve Years A Slave, my colleague, Rich Cooper, and I were reeling with emotions. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance as Solomon Northup gave us goosebumps – not to mention the performances by Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o. Everyone ...
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12 Years a Slave and the new Solomon Northup Tour at the Freedom Center

12 Years a Slave and the new Solomon Northup Tour at the Freedom Center

On October 22, I along with my Freedom Center family, previewed the new major motion picture, 12 Years a Slave based on Solomon Northup’s novel also entitled 12 Years a Slave. The film, directed by Steve McQueen and now playing ...
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"I Shouldn't Be Telling You This..."

“I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This…”

In recently reading Kate White’s book of the same title, I was struck by her tips for “masterfully managing your boss.” Who doesn’t want to know how to do that? And, as a boss, I realize that it may not be such ...
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And Still We Rise: Aviator Bessie Colman

And Still We Rise: Aviator Bessie Colman

Bessie Coleman or "Queen Bess" became the first African American woman to hold an international pilot license. In 1915, Coleman moved to Chicago, Illinois and found work as a manicurist. She was enthralled by stories she overheard from pilots returning ...
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Called to Arms: A Veterans Day Program

Called to Arms: A Veterans Day Program

On Nov. 11, 2013 at 6 p.m. the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host a public program honoring the contributions of African Americans in the military.  Called to Arms is a Veterans Day program that will explore the legacies of military ...
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Tobacco on the Chesapeake

Tobacco on the Chesapeake

Twelve years after the British colony of Jamestown was founded in Virginia, the first Dutch ship brought several African men and women to the colony in 1619. These people may have been indentured servants, but they were probably sold as ...
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