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Juneteenth Independence Day, celebrated on June 19th, is the oldest nationally recognized commemoration of the ending of slavery in our country. On June 19th, from 12-8pm, the Hancock Historical Museum will participate in a community-wide celebration of Juneteenth. Original artwork from children’s books about the Underground Railroad will be displayed at various sites throughout the city. Guests of all ages are welcome to the museum that day to view some of the artwork, participate in special activities, and learn more about the history of the Underground Railroad in Hancock County.
The museum is cohosting a guest lecture at the University of Findlay’s Alumni Memorial Union at noon on June 19th. Cathy Nelson, retired Columbus City Schools teacher and Founder of the Friends of Freedom Society, will deliver a lecture on the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio. Ms. Nelson has testified to Congress on behalf of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Act of 1997, and she and her extensive research have won numerous awards and widespread recognition.
The day’s activities, including Ms. Nelson’s lecture, are free and open to the public. Box lunches during the lunchtime lecture will be available for purchase in advance. Please use the form below to register for the lecture and preorder your lunch if desired.