Freedom Center

Jane Durrell sits down for a conversation with Dr. C.G. Newsome, the director of Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Their discussion ranges from a preview of events happening this weekend in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; some events happening in February including “The Frederick Douglass Story” from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati; and how he defines freedom and the role of the Underground Railroad in that.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is hosting And Still We Rise, the largest exhibition of African American quilts ever presented, which narrates 400 years of history in 85 quilts. Curator Carolyn Mazloomi, Ph.D., director of the Women of Color Quilter's Network, tells our Jane Durrell about the inspiration for this exhibition and how it will be turned into a book in 2014.

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Though former South Africa President Nelson Mandela remains in a Pretoria, SA hospital, the world is celebrating his 95th birthday.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is marking the occasion by continuing its "Six Words for Mandela" campaign. Guests are invited to leave words of thanks and well wishes for the man known as "Madiba." The cards will eventually be sent to Mandela's family.

You can also send messages on social media using the hashtag #6Words4Mandela.

In honor of Black History Month, Natalie Hastings, the communications director from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, joins Mark Perzel in studio to discuss special programs and exhibits at the Center this month, as well as provide a brief update on how the Center is faring with the growth of The Banks project in its front yard.


Seven hundred very courageous men will be honored this weekend. Their service may have kept Cincinnati from falling to the Confederates in the Civil War.

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