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Other UC Connections to the Underground Railroad

  • The Last Will & Testament of Levi Coffin -- Levi Coffin is known as the "President of the Underground Railroad." He first helped thousands of slaves escape to freedom from his home in Indiana before moving to Cincinnati in 1847 and assisting many more slaves through the Underground Railroad. Coffin's handwritten will, dated March 6, 1877, is stored in the Archives and Rare Books Department of University Libraries. It lists his wishes regarding his funeral expenses, real estate, his personal library and the sale of his own book, entitled, Reminiscences of Levi Coffin, describing his experience with the Underground Railroad. Coffin lived in Avondale and died in September of 1877. He is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery.

  • Freedom Center Journal -- Edited through the UC College of Law, the Freedom Center Journal of Law and History is an annual publication with the National Underground Railroad and Freedom Center. Through law and history, the journal explores lessons learned through the stories of the Underground Railroad about the struggles for freedom around the world.

  • Underground Railroad Documentary -- Kevin Burke, UC assistant professor of electronic media, and Keith Griffler, assistant professor of African American studies, are creating a documentary on the Underground Railroad and the Ohio River Valley. They've formed a partnership with WCET-48, which has committed in-kind services to production, post-production and distribution of the documentary. The project has been awarded funding from a University Research Council grant at UC, as well as grants from the Ohio Humanities Council and the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

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