Tuesday, April 24, 2012

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Those of you who are not familiar with the Cincinnati, Ohio area, may not realize the important role that The Underground Railroad played in the history of the area. The Ohio River served as a border between the non-slave state of Ohio and the slave state of Kentucky. As a result Cincinnati, plus the counties of Clermont and Brown, played major roles in the Abolitionists Movement of the 1800's by providing escape routes with many stations or safe houses through out the area. Clermont County alone has 33 known locations and, of course, Brown County is home to Ripley and the well-known Rankin House.

To honor the Cincinnati area's rich history in the anti-slavery movement The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center was dedicated in August 2004. The Center is located on the banks of the Ohio River at 50 East Freedom Way in downtown Cincinnati. 

On Thursday, 10 May 2012, Family Search has joined with the Freedom Center to offer free admission to the museum from 6-9pm for those attending the NGS Conference. In addition to the exhibits, there is a Family Search Center in the John Parker Library on the fourth floor. There is no transportation offered for this event. Check with the Hospitality Booth for directions and parking information. 

Once you have visited the Freedom Center, it is time to head up river for a tour of the historic Underground Railroad stations along the Ohio River. Clermont County offers a self-guided tour of 33 locations. Please keep in mind that some of these sites are private homes and not open to the public.

Brown County is the home of the Rankin House and the Parker House. The town of Ripley,  where the Ohio River points toward the North Star, has a rich history in the Underground Railroad. The book, Brown County (Greg Haitz, Lisa Haitz), from Arcadia Publishing tells all about the area's role as the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad.

Arcadia Publishing also has a book about Batavia and Williamsburg in Clermont County and numerous books about Hamilton County and Cincinnati.

**Please note Tuesday, 24 April 2012, is the deadline for pre-registration and the last day to buy luncheon tickets for the NGS Conference. Onsite registration will begin on Tuesday, 8 May 2012, at noon.

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