Thursday, June 14, 2007

Underground Railroad Dedication Ceremony

On Monday June 11, the National Park Service unveiled the markers for the Elizabeth City National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Sites. The markers recognize the Pasquotank River and the Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Great Dismal Swamp Boardwalk Project as an official part of the Underground Railroad. This event had a great turn out. As we counted, there were about 77 people in attendance.

Between June 12-16, the public can learn more about the Underground Railroad through two displays exhibited at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City. On loan from the NPS, a “Network to Freedom” display interprets the history, people and terms of the Underground Railroad. Developed by ECSU, a “Math of the Great Dismal Swamp” display focuses on the terrain and water quality of the Great Dismal Swamp. NASA’s Earth Science Education Office/The MUSPIN Office of Goddard Flight Center and ECSU funded this display. Located at 501 S. Water Street, the Museum of the Albemarle is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed on Sunday, June 17. Admission is free. For additional information, contact the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at (252) 335-5330 or go to Photo Credit: Waterfront Pavilion & Tents Photo and UGRR Markers Photo by Jessica Faulkingham.

If anyone would like to see a clip of Barbara Tagger, Southeast Region Program Manager for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and an NPS historian, giving part of her speech from the Dedication Ceremony then click play:

Video Credit: Barbara Tagger's Speech by Jessica Faulkingham

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