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Underground Railroad Museum

Underground Railroad Museum
Curator's Message
Ohio Underground Railroad and its Connection to the Ohio Valley

SOURCE: Underground Railroad Museum's Newsletter "Then and Now" - Volume 1, Issue 1 - Summer, 1999

Our objective is to give you, the people, a sense that you have been heard, and to stimulate the next generation. We are proud to share our heritage with other people in a community-type unity. In November of 1993, the museum was opened to the public by John S. Mattox, former insurance agent. As curator of the Underground Railroad Museum, we will strengthen our network of understanding which, in turn, will stimulate our youth. We have an extensive collection of publications, books, memorabilia and other articles on display at the Underground Railroad Museum, at 206 High Street in Flushing, Ohio. As curator, I share my knowledge of the Underground Railroad and the thousands of slaves that escaped the brutal effects of slavery in the South. I want to preserve and support our culture and community by contributing to a better quality of life in the 21st century.

For groups wishing to bring a little bit of history into their classroom, we have a traveling trunk. We find other organizations that have a need to learn, used this program as an excellent re- source. The traveling trunk is like a mini-museum containing a variety of "hands-on" objects. The museum offers Underground Railroad tours and its connection to the Ohio Valley.

Other facts regarding the Underground Railroad Museum and its purpose as a foundation is to fund the museum and to furnish scholarships for local students, to be operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes, as may be designated by a majority of the Board of Trustees; to accept, hold, administer, invest and disburse such funds as may, from time to time be given to it by any person, persons, or corporations. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Service. Programs comply with 501 (c) (3) code. A publicly-supported organization described in section 509 (a) (1) and 170 (b) (1) (a)(v). There is no general admission fee. But your contribution to the museum will enable us to continue securing these documents and other articles, and to ensure that the pain and suffering of our forefathers and the religious leaders (Abolitionists) and their condemnation of slavery will not be forgotten!

John S. Mattox

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