At the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, we believe in inclusive freedom – all people, everywhere enjoying rights and privileges of equal number, equal quality, and equal kind. The recent images, audio, and news coverage of children being separated from their families at the border are infuriating and heartbreaking. Many are asking – how could this happen? This practice has been inflicted upon oppressed populations in the United States for much of our nation’s existence; the legacy of the separation of enslaved families, Native American families and Japanese-American Internment are woven into the tapestry of the American experience. Sadly, today, we are watching a global crisis. The separation, criminalization, and detention of brown migrant children demands our attention and our collective action.
Call your legislators. Join a Families Belong Together rally on June 30. Do not be complicit with your silence.
Please be sure to plan your visit to the museum accordingly.TRAFFIC ALERT Cincinnati Pride Parade
June 23, 2018
The Cincinnati Pride Parade will be held this year on Saturday, June 23, 2018. In order to accommodate this event, the following streets will close at listed times and reopen immediately following the parade, at approximately 3:00PM:
Staging Area Closes at 8AM:
Parade Route Closes at 10:30AM:
Crossing of the parade route at the following intersections will be permitted with the assistance of the Cincinnati Police (delays should be expected):
For more information concerning the parade, please visit:
Mondays in May are coming to a close on Memorial Day but our seasonal summer hours are quickly approaching. Beginning on Sunday May 27, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be open on Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday hours provide opportunities for the general public to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and explore special exhibitions, including Confederate Currency: The Color of Money, sponsored by BB&T and Confederate Memory: Symbolism, Controversy and Legacy. Confederate Currency investigates the significance of slavery in the economy of the South. The exhibit displays images placed in a juxtaposition of framed confederate bank notes and acrylic paintings influenced by the currency etchings portraying slavery. Confederate Memory examines historical memory and the lasting legacy of the Confederacy, addressing revisionist history and the national Confederate symbols debate. Guests can also see The Rosa Parks Experience and the Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab as well as other exhibits and programs.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s summer hours begin Sunday, May 27, from noon to 5:00 p.m. The museum will also be open to the public on Memorial Day from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To learn more about exhibits and programming at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org.
Public Relations & Social Media Coordinator
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
“Group tour season is upon us, offering educational experiences for our youth,” says Dion Brown, president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “We are prepared and look forward to welcoming student groups as they experience our one-of-a-kind institution this month.”
Have you heard? We're open on Mondays throughout the month of May - including Memorial Day! Click here to learn more.
Because of the rescheduling of opening day, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be OPEN to the public this Thursday, March 29.
We will be open for our regular museum hours on Friday, March 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.
When visiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center during regular operating hours (11am-5pm) Saturday, March 10, please consider the following street closures to plan your visit accordingly. Due to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that begins at 12:00PM, the following streets will close at 9:00 am:
Mehring Way- closed between Gest Street and Elm Street; Central Avenue- closed south of W Pete Rose Way.
Please use the Race Street Entrance for parking when you arrive. The address for this entrance is 182 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. For additional information in regards to parking, please visit http://thebankspublicpartnership.com/parking/.
The Race and Main Street parking garage, (underneath the museum) is now open for visitors during regular museum hours.
The Downtown Cincinnati Inc. website provides a full listing of each parking lot and garage downtown along with rates. Click here to learn more: https://www.downtowncincinnati.com/exploring-downtown/downtown-cincinnati-parking.
More parking options are available as many guests may park at The Central Riverfront Parking Garage at the Banks. The Fountain Square Parking Garage is also nearby, as well as limited street parking and surface lots. Get Directions Getting Around Downtown Cincinnati
When visiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center during regular operating hours (11am-5pm) this week, please consider parking at Fountain Place Garage and another uptown garage along the streetcar route if you are unable to find metered parking near the museum. Due to flooding along the banks of the Ohio River, Central Riverfront Parking Garage is only able to provide parking to monthly pass holders until 3pm.
The Downtown Cincinnati Inc. website provides a full listing of each parking lot and garage downtown along with rates. Click here to learn more: https://www.downtowncincinnati.com/exploring-downtown/downtown-cincinnati-parking
As an organization devoted to exploring and understanding the legacy of slavery in order to ensure freedom for all, we at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are appalled by the offensive language reportedly used by the President in reference to Haiti and African nations. This language is unacceptable and the attitude being articulated perpetuates white privilege and superiority – undermining people of color in our global community.
As an organization devoted to freedom, inclusion and unity we denounce racist rhetoric. This is our charge as a museum of conscience, education center and convener of dialogue. The language used by the President, followed by the lament about not attracting more northern European immigrants, is beyond alarming. The leaders at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center call on the public to take a stand and share that this language is not reflective of the attitude of all American people. As our history dramatically demonstrates, the success of our nation is thanks to our diversity and as a result, the American dream cannot and should not be an impossible dream for immigrant communities of color.
This weekend through Monday, January 15, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will begin honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his many contributions through a series of programs and activities. We encourage you take part in celebrating with us as we’re sure to have something you’ll enjoy.
Gallery Talk: Have We Achieved MLK’s Dream will feature a discussion with Pastor K.Z. Smith of Corinthian Baptist Church on Saturday, January 13, at 1:30 p.m. The Gallery Talk Series provides visitors with the opportunity to engage with museum staff and community leaders to discuss social injustice, freedom and equality. The series is included in general admission and open to the public.
The 2018 King Legacy Awards Breakfast will be Monday, January 15, with doors opening at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. The breakfast honors the participants of the King Legacy Youth Leadership Program. The King Legacy Youth Program provides leadership opportunities for graduates of the Freedom Center’s Youth Docent Program and scholarship funds upon completion of the program. The keynote speaker is The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Artistic Director of Education and Outreach, Deondra Kamau Means.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with free general admission to the museum’s permanent exhibitions and programming for the day. Special programming and initiatives will include the Hoxworth Cincinnati Blood Drive; Bead for Life bracelet sale in conjunction with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s Modern Day Slavery initiatives; membership opportunities for the chance to win prizes, and a community concerts throughout the day beginning at 11:00 a.m.
We hope your participation in this annual day of service will inspire you to continue the ongoing fight in fulfilling Dr. King’s dream. #MyNURFC
Public Relation & Social Media Coordinator
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
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