Saturday, January 07, 2006

Video File: Freedom Center Virtual Tour

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, has among it's many displays, featuring the plight of slaves trying to gain freedom through the Underground Railroad, one that depicts the history of Maysville, Kentucky and nearby Ripley, Ohio. From the Miami Art Exchange Blog:

Also on the museum's second floor, in an "environmental theater" filled with local vegetation, is Brothers of the Borderland, a film directed by Julie Dash and introduced by Oprah Winfrey. It tells the sentimental story of a slave escape from Maysville, Ky., to the famous abolitionist town of Ripley, Ohio, where the (white) Rev. John Rankin and the former slave John Parker worked together to help runaways. A nearby gallery, "Escape! Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad," though designed for children, has enough content for adults. Alongside biographies of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Henry "Box" Brown, a slave who mailed himself from Virginia to Pennsylvania, is a weirdly engaging interactive computer program that allows visitors to plot their own escapes. MAeX Art Blog

We really recommend taking the time to explore the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center because it is truly a one-of-a-kind unique museum. In the meantime, we were able to dig up these video files that contain a virtual tour of the museum:

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posted at 5:42 PM by Jeremy Parnell

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