01 January 2012

Black History in Danger

A local Ohio newspaper recently wrote an article about the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center located in Cincinnati.  The Freedom Center, which has been open since 2004, is in danger of closing because it does not attract enough visitors and cannot cover its operating expenses.
The Freedom Center's exhibits offer visitors unique, illuminating and inspiring experiences.  Brothers of the Borderland is one of the permanent exhibits sponsored by the Boeing Company.  This exhibit immerses guests in a thrilling flight to freedom showcasing the courage and cooperation of two abolitionists in Ripley, OH as they aid a woman risking it all to flee slavery.  The 25-minute film features a segment narrated by Oprah Winfrey that introduces the main historical figures John Parker and Rev. John Rankin.  The film is shown in an "experiental" theatre, complete with fog rising from the river and crickets chirping in the background.

Museums all across the country draw thousands of visitors each year featuring various historical exhibits yet this beautiful museum is in danger of closing its doors.  I have my own opinions about why a museum that documents one of America's darkest times is struggling financially.  Why do you think the Freedom Center has not been as successful as other museums in our country?


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