On Thursday, February 22, TRECA Digital Academy students visited the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nearly 50 students and parents attended the 2-hour guided tour, and families were moved by the powerful exhibits, displays, and presentations. Several previous attendees stated that they learn something new every time they visit!
The museum focuses on the Mid-19th Century when the United States was divided between free and slave states. Students learned why the historic route to freedom was called the Underground Railroad and why its organizers and participants were referred to as "Conductors." They also explored what it was like to be enslaved, what it was like to try to escape, and how the Ohio River Valley played a special role in the passage to freedom. Students witnessed personal journeys of courage, commitment, and trust, and they heard stories of freedom’s heroes!
The museum was very engaging, and students walked away with a newfound perspective on this vital time in our nation's history. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the trip!