Who:  The Ohio State University at Lima
What: 
Freedom Center director to speak about Ohio’s role in the Underground Railroad
When:
  7 p.m., Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Where: 
Memorial Hall, 130 W. Elm Street
Contact: 
Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284 or Erin McVicker at (419) 995-8332
 

For Immediate Release

January 8, 2003

CONTACT: Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284 or Erin McVicker at (419) 995-8332

Freedom Center director to speak about Ohio’s role in the Underground Railroad

The man charged with bringing the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to fruition will be in Lima as part of the Ohio and Its People series.

Dr. Spencer Crew will present Ohio and the Underground Railroad at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 28, 2003, at Memorial Hall, 130 W. Elm St. His presentation is underwritten by Kewpee Hamburgers of Lima.

Dr. Crew is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. Prior to coming to the Freedom Center, Dr. Crew was the Director of the Smithsonian Institution´s National Museum of American History from 1992-2001 and is a respected scholar of African American history. In his role as the Freedom Center´s CEO, Crew is in charge of the final design of programs and exhibits, and in leading its day-to-day operations.

The Freedom Center, a member of the Smithsonian Affiliations Program, is scheduled to open in 2004 and will be built on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati. The Ohio River was known by escaping slaves as the “River Jordan.”

Ohio and Its People is a yearlong celebration of the Ohio Bicentennial organized by The Ohio State University at Lima, the Allen County Historical Society, the Lima Public Library, the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, the Lima News, and WLIO TV-35. Other speakers and events in the Ohio and Its People series will be announced throughout the year.

For information about Dr. Crew’s talk, call the University at (419) 995-8284. The event is free and open to the public.

 

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