14 July 2008

Freedom Center

Two weekends ago we went to Cincinnati to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. It is a musuem based on the history of the Underground Railroad which, if you remember your history, "was an informal network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th century Black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists who were sympathetic to their cause."

This first picture was a reconstructed slave pen that was "used as a holding pen by Kentucky slave trader, Capt. John W. Anderson, to temporarily keep enslaved people being moved further south for sale."

This set of pictures is of us hiding in places similar to where slaves would hide in their attempt to escape to freedom.

One thing we didn't realize before coming to the musuem was that the Ohio River and border to Kentucky was the boundary between South and North, and Slavery and Freedom.

This is a picture of the Ohio River from the Freedom Center.

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