Cincinnati's National Underground Railroad Freedom Center does not only focus on Pre-Civil War slavery. Its informative exhibits also explore the reality that many millions of people today find themselves enslaved whether that be as part of the global sex trade or child labor. The Museum's curators hope to not only inform and educate the public on their past but to inspire them to act on these major problems which humanity faces today. Visit the center for heart-wrenching exhibits on slavery throughout the centuries and interactive programs that add to the experience.
Things to Do
- You can get a sense of what the Freedom Center is all about from their "Journey to Freedom" movie. This film perfectly underlines both the modern and historic fight for freedom throughout the world. The film connects the story of Solomon Northup, who wrote the book Twelve Years A Slave about his experiences as a slave in the 1800s, and that of a Cambodian man Vannak Prum who more recently had to suffer through the ordeal of slavery. The film highlights the struggles of both men as well as the individuals who made their freedom possible.
- This is the focus of the majority of exhibits at the Center; both the horrors of slavery and what normal individuals can do to ensure freedom is granted for all.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Insider Tips
- Children under three can enter for free.
- The Center is closed on Mondays and Sundays.
- There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer with the Freedom Center who benefit greatly from those who are willing to devote their time to helping out. They even run a youth docent program designed to help youths improve their leadership and communication skills. You can find out more on their website.