National Underground Railroad Freedom Center July 18 2022

One of BAIA Foundation's 2022 initiatives is instituting marketing assistance for African American Museums and Cultural Centers.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum in Cincinnati, Ohio dedicated to promoting social justice for all. Their pursuit for freedom inclusion consists of existing as a conscious beacon of light, providing education and dialogue centered around the principles of the underground railroad. 

Standing just a few feet from the natural barrier of the Ohio River that once separated the slaves of the South from the free states of the North, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center was opened in 2004 after an entire decade since the concept of the center was proposed. Since its opening, the establishment has received two National Endowment for Humanities grants to assist in its efforts to illuminate the true meaning of inclusive freedom, and it has done just that as one visitor has confirmed: "Lots of great information about the underground railroad and slavery. They also have a section with more modern information that touches on types of abuse such as human trafficking. They have a great interactive section for kids that really explained the concept of the underground railroad in a way that was easy to understand."

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center fills the void of cultural heritage in the nation by offering exhibits, a library, learning resources for students and educators, and a docent program for teens. The teen docent program caters to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, offering an opportunity to improve historical acumen and professional leadership skills by bridging the gap between knowledge surrounding the Underground Railroad era and today's social injustice movements. The deadline for the upcoming program is August 22, 2022. Learn more and apply here.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's current events include their permanent exhibitions which highlight and bring awareness to various topics such as modern day slavery and human trafficking, prominent abolitionists and their experiences helping men and women to freedom, and other stories and experiences of the journey from slavery to freedom. The center's current special exhibitions include:

  • Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (April 22 - August 7, 2022) Highlighting the impact of the US prison system through contemporary visual art.
  • ‘I’m Listening’ Mural (June 15 - September 22, 2022) Cincinnati Police Officers and local teens create a collaborate mural to strengthen the police-community relationships.

Learn more about the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

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