On March 24, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center welcomed museum-goers and history lovers from all over for a sneak preview of Civil War: The Untold Story- a new documentary series that airs nationwide on public television this April. The Freedom Center premiered Episode 2: A Beacon of Hope, which focuses on the actions of enslaved people to find freedom prior to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. It also tells the story of Cincinnati kid John Cockerill, who is separated from his father in the Battle of Shiloh, but demonstrates bravery in battles and goes on to be managing editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
As an introduction to the screening, historian Carl Westmoreland discussed Cincinnati's crucial role in the war, and vocalist Devell Barnes performed a medley of spirituals from the Underground Railroad era. The film screening was followed by a Q&A with Freedom Center historians and filmmaker Chris Wheeler on why the Civil War matters today. Click here for more information on the televised April premiere.
Image Credits: Roy Davis and Audrey Ann Photography.