The Underground Railroad in the Maumee Valley, February 22 and 23

Rankin House Freedom Stairway.jpg
The Rankin House in Ripley, Ohio was reached by a steep stairway, portions of which were wood and stone. One of the stone treads is now located at the Alexander T. Rankin house in Fort Wayne, donated by a John Rankin descendant. Photograph from the Ohio Historical Society.

Join us in either Fort Wayne or Sylvania for a program about the Underground Railroad in the Maumee Valley. This new presentation, by MVHC executive director Angie Quinn, is part of the Layers of History activities provided throughout the year. Quinn has studied  the Underground Railroad, abolition and reform movements of the mid19th century  for several years, and has presented programs throughout Indiana. She is excited about the wealth of materials about the efforts of so many to make themselves free in the Maumee watershed area.

On February 22, the program will be presented at 1:45pm at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main Street. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art in collaboration with the African/ African American Historical Society and Museum and the Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Arts and Culture is presenting Underground No More: A Symposium on the Underground Railroad on February 22, 2014 from 1pm-5pm.  The event is in conjunction with the exhibition Variations upon a Theme: Songs of the Underground Railroad, an installation by Ohio artist Johnny Coleman.  Local and regional scholars will be presenting on different topics associated with the Underground Railroad and Mr. Coleman will present on his installation.   The event will conclude with a reception where participants can meet the presenters and converse about the topics discussed during the day. Admission to this program is free, with admission to the museum ($1).

Moving the Lathrop House
The Lathrop House in Sylvania was moved to Harroun Park, and is being prepared for tours by Toledo Metroparks. From the City of Sylvania webpage.

On February 23rd, the program will be held at the Sylvania Historic Village, at 2:00pm.  Sylvania was a frequent stop  for self-emancipated peoples as they traveled towards freedom in Canada. This event is free.

Please join us.

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