National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Located feet away from the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, the mission of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, according to its website, “is to reveal stories of freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps of freedom today.”

The mission of the center is founded in the historical accounts of the Underground Railroad, the covert and complex system created and utilized from the early to mid-1800s by enslaved African-Americans to escape slavery.  This system, supported by allies and abolitionists, extended throughout the United States, notably along its east coast, to Canada and Nova Scotia.