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Multicultural Programs and Lindley Cultural Center sponsor trip to Underground Railroad museum

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 2, 2006) -- The Office of Multicultural Programs and Lindley Cultural Center will host a day trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is one the United States newest monuments to freedom. It brings to life the importance of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history, including today. Made up of three buildings that symbolize courage, cooperation and perseverance - the cornerstones of freedom - the Freedom Center's curving architecture reflects the winding river and the often-changing path to freedom.

The Underground Railroad provided enslaved African Americans the opportunity and assistance for escaping slavery and finding freedom. One of the most curious characteristics of the Underground Railroad was its lack of formal organization. No one knows exactly when it started, but there were certainly isolated cases of help given to runaways as early as the 1700s. By the early 19th century, there were organized flights to freedom. The courageous men and women who believed in the right of all humans to be free from human bondage made the slaves' flight to freedom possible and facilitated.

Participants of the day trip will leave from the Lindley Cultural Center at 7:30 a.m. on an Ohio University bus. Participants will take a self-guided tour of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and have until 5 p.m. to explore the museum, and visit local Cincinnati attractions.

The bus is scheduled to return to Athens at approximately 8:30 p.m. All Ohio University students, faculty, staff and family members are invited. Tickets may be purchased for $10 per person (cash only) at the Lindley Cultural Center in 052 Lindley Hall from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday thru Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

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