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Ida B. Wells Documentary

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House Reading SeriesThe Semi-Colon Club was a literary discussion group Harriet joined while living in Cincinnati.  Our Semi-Colon Club discusses the issues that make up Harriet’s legacy–from the 19th century until the present day. ​Discussions begin Saturdays at noon and are led by Barbara Furr, HBSH Board Member and former Walnut
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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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“Must read” book

Fergus M. Bordewich’s 2005 book, Bound for Canaan: the War for the Soul of America is being mentioned now as one of the “must reads” on the Underground Railroad. I found an intreging review from the May 30th, 2005 New Yorker magazine: In the first years of the nineteenth century, most runaway slaves didn’t get
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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

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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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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