Apr 4, 2013

Nelson speaks to genealogy group

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Genealogical Society in cooperation with the Ohio Humanities Council will host Cathy D. Nelson speaking on the History of the Underground Railroad on April 7, at 2 p.m., Garst Museum, Greenville. Nelson is the founder of the Friends of Freedom Society, a research organization whose main focus is the Underground Railroad. Nelson has testified in Congress on behalf of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Act of 1997 and she and her extensive research have won numerous awards and wide spread recognition. She has participated in the Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau for nearly two decades and has consistently been one of their most popular presenters.

During the 19th century, white abolitionists and slave and free blacks cooperated to help hide and transport runaway slaves on their dangerous journey to freedom. Ohio played a prominent role in this movement. Nelson's pictures of the stations and information on some of the people involved in the Underground Railroad's path to freedom makes those folks seem more real than reading about it. Some pictures are before and after preservation. This presentation is free and open to the public.

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