Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program

To provide grants to nonprofit education organizations that are established to research, display, interpret and collect artifacts relating to the history of the underground railroad.

Examples of Funded Projects

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (FC) (XE 'NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER"\f"i")(Cincinnati, Ohio) - The 2007 grant award will be used to further and support the FC's mission to reveal stories about the Underground Railroad and freedom's heroes, past and present, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today.

The grant will implement a robust schedule of special speakers, events, programs, community forums, and changing exhibits.

FC exhibits consist of six permanent experiences and two changing galleries.

Grant funds will also be used to manage the Center's highly-visited Web site, which serves an important role in itself to inform and educate our virtual visitors.

Grant funds will also be used toward services specifically for FC's annual base of 50,000 visiting school children coming from cities all across the country.

entitled "Revolution!" which continues the efforts of our landmark exhibitions "Slavery in New York" (2005) and "New York Divided: Slavery and the Civil War" (2006) to examine the "contagion of freedom" that buttressed the Underground Railroad.

The project shows how revolutions in America, France, and Haiti uniquely defined notions of freedom, equality, and human rights, and in fact played a key role in the abolition of slavery in the United States by serving as a foundation for the rhetoric and activism of abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, David Walker, David Ruggles, Henry Highland Garnet, James McCune Smith, and many other key figures in the Underground Railroad.

A comprehensive exhibition Web site with links to likeminded institutions, as well as a traveling version of the show, will extend the life of the exhibition and reach an enormous and diverse local, national, and international audience.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.