underground railroad

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An archeological dig in eastern Clermont County is just about to end for this year.  But the dig is just the beginning of the story. 

Provided / Margaret McDiarmid and family

Along US 52, near New Richmond are the remnants of a school that played a role in American history.  Until now, that school had been largely forgotten.

But a professor at Northern Kentucky University is hoping to uncover details about the Parker Academy by unearthing its debris and bringing its story to light.

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Betty Ann Smiddy of the Hamilton Avenue Road to Freedom Committee tells the story best:

"On a rainy night of April 3, 1853, 28 courageous African-Americans escaped their bondage in Boone County, Kentucky. Led by abolitionist John Fairfield, they crossed the Ohio River near Lawrenceburg, Indiana and followed him to the mouth of the Mill Creek, where they temporarily hid.

Jane Durrell welcomes in studio Assia Johnson from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to share details of the many events and activities happening in celebration of the center’s 10th anniversary.

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.

You hear Chris DeSimio each Saturday morning hosting On the Money, but did you know besides being a successful investment counselor, Chris is also the president of the Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House? As we begin Black History Month, Mark Perzel turns the tables and interviews Chris about the importance of Harriet Beecher Stowe to the Underground Railroad, and provides information about her family and their home at Gilbert Avenue and Martin Luther King Blvc.  that is now meticulously maintained inside by the Friends group, and the Cincinnati Park Board on the outside.