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Saturday, January 10, 2015

A woodcut image of a fugitive slave was 
used in wanted posters of the mid-1800s.
The Niagara County History Center will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day exploring the legacy of the Underground Railroad in Niagara County.

Jan. 19, children ages 7-12 can find out how local citizens assisted people who were fleeing from slavery in the South and learn about the challenges they faced on their journey. The program will include stories, games, artifacts and hands-on activities to teach children about this important part of our national and local history.

Attendees will learn about the background of slavery and the Underground Railroad, and the role of local Quakers; take part in four skits involving real local people; assemble a bundle to carry on an Underground Railroad trip; watch a video about Murphy’s Orchards in Burt, an Underground Railroad stop; and learn about coding and language on the Underground Railroad, plus unusual escapes.

The program runs from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. A snack will also be provided. The cost of the program is $10 per child. Reservations are required. Parents are encouraged to leave their children for the duration of the program.

Call the History Center at 434-7433 or email for reservations and more information.

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