Special course offered

September 6, 2018

IRONTON — A new community education course focusing on Lawrence County’s role in the Underground Railroad began on Tuesday at Ohio University Southern.

Taught by local historian Chris Saunders, the he course will meet on three more Tuesdays in September at the Ironton Campus.

More than any other state in the Union, Ohio had the most active network of the Underground Railroad. Countless enslaved African-Americans first tasted freedom after crossing the Ohio River into Burlington and Ironton, Ohio.

Saunders’ class will offer participants a look at local history using primary sources. Saunders will share biographical sketches of the individuals of various ethnicities and religious beliefs who worked together, offering safe houses and escape routes to enslaved African-Americans who were seeking freedom in the northern US and Canada.

The course aligns with the upcoming Historical Walk offered by the Lawrence County Museum. The walk is staged in Ironton’s Woodland Cemetery and showcases significant figures in the history of Lawrence County portrayed by actors, including roles of affluent ironmasters and other Lawrence County residents instrumental in the Underground Railroad.

The class meets from 7 until 9 p.m. There is a $59 course cost. To register for the Underground Railroad course, please email ous_community.edu@ohio.edu. For more information, call 740-533-4588.

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