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Students, faculty and staff visit National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

One of the many benefits of the authentic Morehead State experience is the opportunity for students to broaden their experience through a variety of educational and cultural activities. As part of MSU’s celebration of Black History Month, 28 students, faculty and staff visited the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on March 2 in Cincinnati.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, located near the Ohio River that separated Southern slave states from Northern free states, is a museum and educational facility to help show stories of the Underground Railroad through permanent and special exhibits, public programming and educational resources.

Shannon Colvin, associate director of leadership programming and inclusion, said participation in the event was open to all students and it was an educational experience that broadened attendees’ cultural awareness.  

“For some students, we know they probably would not have made that trip on their own and we also had some international students want to learn about the culture we are in, particularly American history,” Colvin said.

During the tour, the group learned the importance of the center’s location and explored unique exhibits that enlightened students on America’s history of slavery and the importance of the Underground Railroad.  

“I just want them to understand the historical significance of that part of American history that they may not have been taught in their education prior to campus,” Colvin said. “It’s not just a piece of a history book. This is real people that it happened to and it makes it very real to them.”

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Photo: The Office of Student Activities hosted a group of students, faculty and staff on a trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.