The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opens
On this date in 2004, the Public Dedication of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC) took place. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a testimonial and tribute to freedom. It brings to life the significance and consequence of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history, including in today's world.
The NURFC is made up of three buildings that symbolize the cornerstones of freedom: courage, cooperation, and perseverance. The Freedom Center's curving architecture reflects the winding river and the often-changing paths to freedom. Housed in Cincinnati, its location on the Ohio River puts it at the crossroads of the African-American freedom journey.
In the 1800s, the city served as a major hub of activity on the Underground Railroad and its banks were a refuge to hundreds of thousands of Blacks seeking hope and a new way of life in America.
Currently, as the home of the Freedom Center, it acts as a beacon of light once more. During the day of dedication, activities and events led up to the evening's Dedication Ceremony.
For more information about the center, call 333-7500 or (877) 648-4838 toll-free. Call 333-7737 for a group tour.
The Cincinnati Post,
an E.W. Scripps newspaper
Dr. Charles Blockson, historian, author, an collector of African American heritage shares a few connections that his family had with the Underground Railroad