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2nd Annual Underground Railroad Tour

March 29, 2018

Join IHS staff and historian Jeannie Regan-Dinius of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as we continue to explore the Underground Railroad in Indiana. The group will travel to southern Indiana and Kentucky to learn more about slave trading, visit the area where enslaved people crossed the Ohio River from Kentucky to Indiana looking for sanctuary and freedom, visit and discuss the sentiment and meaning of several historic markers, and hear from experts in the area of the Underground Railroad.

The group will visit the Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany which features a permanent exhibit documenting the critical role New Albany played in the Underground Railroad.  The Carnegie Center is known for its outstanding exhibits about the extraordinary people who helped fugitive slaves find safety and freedom.  We will also visit New Albany's Second Presbyterian Church built in 1849-1850 near the Ohio River.  The church played a significant role for those escaping Louisville by providing signals to indicate safe passage across the river and hiding runaways in the basement.

Participants will also travel to Louisville to visit the sites of three historic markers prominently posted throughout the city.  We will also see the area along the river where  enslaved people bravely crossed from border to border. In this location, abolitionists were known to hide boats on the south shore of the river so slaves could cross on their own, but they still had to avoid slave catchers who hid on the banks of the river and were looking for an opportunity to cash in on bounties issued for runaway slaves.

Presentations will be made throughout the trip. Fees for this trip will cover transportation via coach, admission fees, lunch, and snacks.

Please consider registering early as space is limited to the first 45 participants. The registration fee is $75 for IHS members and $125 for non-members (a one-year Individual membership is included). Registrations must be received by March 1. Contact Sarah Sankovitch at (317) 232-1879 or . See registration form for prices and details. 

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