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Harriet Tubman Myths

A movie to be released Thursday, October 31st, will challenge many of the myths that surround Harriet Tubman. In the version of American history that is taught in our schools and featured in children’s literature, Tubman has always been one of the few African-Americans associated with the Underground Railroad.   “Few figures in American history have been
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Author speaks about her new booklet

July 13, 2019   Our newest publication, John Hatfield Barber, Deacon, Abolitionist, was written for the Hatfield family and researchers. There are two versions available on our current publication page—a version of the story and an expanded version with more genealogical information. I’m going to interject myself into the story now, something I don’t usually
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Bizarre Foods and the Escape of the 28

The story of  the Escape of the 28 is featured in an episode of Bizarre Foods currently airing on the Travel Channel.  Check the Travel Channel website  for showings of “Underground Railroad” episode or watch it on You Tube.  Many local and regional historians and food experts appear in the show–the Wainscotts, Kristin Kitchen, Carl
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Georgetown sold enslaved people to save their University–Now What?

Recently, documents have been found in the Georgetown University archives that show the 1838 transaction of 272 enslaved people from the Jesuits’ Maryland plantation to former Louisiana governor (later U.S. Congressman) Henry Johnson and his associate Jesse Beatty. While these families were promised that they would  stay together and to be able to practice their religion, all these promises
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Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher

I had the pleasure of visiting Plymouth Church in Brooklyn New York.   Through their displays, signage and art, I learned about its most famous minister–Henry Ward Beecher. Plymouth Church is doing a great job of keeping its abolitionist history alive. Henry Ward Beecher was born on June 24, 1813 in Litchfield, Connecticut, the son of
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Dr. Eric Foner receiving the Everyday Hero Award from John Pepper

Everyday Hero: Dr. Eric Foner

One inspiration we can take from the history of the Underground Railroad is that it holds up for us a model of Black and White people “working together for a just cause.”  Dr. Eric Foner, speaking yesterday at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, reminded us of this important gift from antebellum activists to people
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New Historical Markers

Thanks to the hard work of Hamilton Avenue Road to Freedom members Kathy Dahl and Stephanie Sunderland, two of the Underground Railroad related-sites that were accepted into the National Park Service’s Network To Freedom earlier this year now have markers.  The sites are:  Wesleyan Cemetery, which played a role in the Escape of the 28, and also in recognition
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Sedamsville’s abolitionist history

  On May 27, 2015 Ray Bushe, a local Price Hill and Sedamsville historian led a tour of River Road,  for members of Hamilton Avenue Road To Freedom and colleagues from the Boone County Library.   Sedamsville is of great interest to us as it was a stop for the “28” who in 1854 went
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The Charleston Massacre

 The Massacre of nine African-Americas this week in Charleston, SC on June 17th was 193 years to the day from the uprising allegedly planned by Denmark Vesey.  The twenty-one year old  white terrorist who carried out this atrocity,  attended Bible Study for over an hour  with his victims before killing them in the very church  that was
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The Escape

Network To Freedom Designation

On Friday, April 17, 2015  at 10:30 am, at Wesleyan Cemetery at 4000 Colerain Avenue in Northside, the city of Cincinnati is holding a press conference to celebrate the awarding of the prestigious Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Designation from the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service for three sites on city
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