Sixth graders explore history of the Underground Railroad
On October 25, the sixth grade traveled to Ohio to explore the history of the Underground Railroad. The trip began with stops at the John Parker and Rev. John Rankin houses in Ripley, Ohio, an important center of activity for the Underground Railroad in the 1850s. Both of these houses were stations on the Underground Railroad and are designated as National Historic Landmarks. Mr. Parker and Rev. Rankin were two of the region's most active “conductors” and were responsible for leading hundreds of escaping slaves safely north to freedom.
The field trip also included a stop at the Freedom Center/National Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati, where students watched a film based on the relationship between Rankin and Parker and also toured galleries and artifacts related to this period of American history.
This field trip provides important connections to themes in the novel The House of Dies Drear, which sixth graders read in English class, as well as to issues of prejudice and social justice examined in social studies class.
The sixth grade class and teachers would like to thank Mr. Richard Clay, father of faculty member Ms. Mary Clay Edinger and KCD board member, for his informative introduction to the history of the Underground Railroad. Mr. Clay’s presentation provided an important overview and enhanced our preparation for an adventure into history along the banks of the Ohio River. Thanks so much to Mr. Clay!
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