In September, we attended a work retreat near Cincinnati, Ohio. As one of the learning activities, we visited the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, a fascinating museum of history of that time period. Our guide led us through the highlights of the four floors of the museum. One stop was what appeared to be a tall log cabin. The building was, in fact, a slave pen. The guide informed us that twenty to thirty men and women would have been held there awaiting transport further south. It was a solemn experience to stand inside and remember the horrible injustice that is part of our nation’s history. Another area of the museum depicted types of places in which escaping slaves would hide along the underground railroad. One account is of a man who mailed himself to freedom in a package. For most of his journey he was upside down in the crate. Our youngest got inside the box to experience a bit of the feeling.
During our lunch break, we took a picnic down by the Ohio River where there is fun, interactive park for kids of all ages. The children enjoyed the giant checker board, the keyboard with chimes, the flying pig, the exercise pipes, the large swings, and the water pumps and channels.
The day was beautiful, sunny, and mild. The sky was brilliant blue with puffy white clouds. There were several types of boats on the river.
The suspension bridges were intriguing, and it was fun to walk across one onto the Kentucky side.
It was a great day of learning and experiencing a bit of Cincinnati.