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Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 10:26am

A Crisis That Enlightens, Informs and Inspires

Each day when I come into work at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, I pass the introduction of the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection, and my favorite part of the exhibit: reproductions of covers of The Crisis. 

The Crisis, which still exists today in web form, is the official publication of the NAACP.  It was founded in 1910 under the editorship of W.E.B. Du Bois.  In its over 100 years of existence, it has chronicled the life, time and struggles of African Americans and other people of color.  While fiercely “speaking truth to power” (their tagline), The Crisis has also lifted up the accomplishments of African Americans and opened the way for many African American literary greats to put their work in front of a larger audience.  Langston Hughes, for example, was published in the pages of The Crisis early in his career.

So why does this speak to me?

It would be easy for an entity such as The Crisis to focus only on the negative – and rightly so.  In speaking truth to power, lifting up the crimes and wrongs done against African Americans and other people of color, the focus could rest solely on the negative without anyone lifting an eyebrow. 

But The Crisis never did that.  Yes, they told those stories and lifted up the wrongs being done against people of color, but they also held up the hopeful stories – those of education and literature and music and the accomplishments of the same people who were being held down by society at large.

The story could have been one of tragedy, but they also celebrated the hope. 
I recognize that mission.  I see it every day.

The story of the Freedom Center could have been one of tragedy, but we also celebrate the hope found within the courage, cooperation and perseverance of those who fought for freedom – and those who continue the fight today.

Even in the darkest of nights, a light does shine.  Fortunately, The Crisis and the Freedom Center continue to shine that light for all.

#28DaysofKinsey

Sherri Fillingham
Director of Development Operations
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
 

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 1:04pm

The Fate of Frances

As I continue making my way through the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection while it’s here through March 4, I come across a letter written in1854. Reading through it I’m extremely appalled and disheartened by its content. The letter details a slave master by the name of AMF Crawford selling off a seventeen year-old girl named Frances he owns to pay for a stable of horses. What’s bad (as this alone is already awful of him taking part in the institution of slavery), he’s taking her away from her family. Even worst, he’s having her hand deliver the instructed letter transferring ownership of her freedom to her new master, unbeknownst to her. All of this and he doesn’t even have any type of courage to tell her this is happening.

Reading the letter literally almost had me in tears as I couldn’t even imagine someone having to go through that – to not even know you’re delivering your freedom to another person as property, never to see your family again. This is all so this slave master can simply pay for horses. This reminds me that when you truly reflect on America’s history, it wasn’t too long ago that this was the “norm” for our society.

Seeing letters such as this one in the exhibit are truly powerful and moving to me. Experiencing this in the Kinsey Collection helps to reiterate the part of our mission of “challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps of freedom today”. It challenges and corrects misconceptions that are often portrayed about history especially pertaining to me being of African descent. Although reading the letter did put me in a bad mood for a good part of my work day, I felt better thinking that hopefully the next person who sees it will also experience similar emotions and will want to take action in seeing atrocities like this never have the chance to happen again.

#28DaysofKinsey

Will jones
Public Relations & Social Media Coordinator
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center   

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 3:53pm

Brown vs. Board

The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection has an incredibly broad range of objects and art to take in. My favorite item in the collection is the signed decision letter for Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. This document, unanimously approved and signed by the Supreme Court Justices holds special significance for me.

This past September marked the 60-year anniversary of the integration of Little Rock Central High School. Our exhibit Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu opened at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock the same weekend as this important anniversary. Several members of the Little Rock Nine attended the exhibit opening and the following day there was a ceremony in the auditorium of the high school commemorating their courageous actions 60 years prior.

 

 

Each of the surviving eight students spoke, reflecting on their experiences at Central. It was one of those rare times that you realize you are living in a moment of historic significance. Hearing those brave eight individuals speak in that auditorium was one of the most impactful experiences of my life. It may well be the most important moment I ever witness. Two months after returning home from that trip, we began the installation of the Kinsey Collection. Holding the document that allowed those nine brave students access to Little Rock Central, the gravity of the piece was not lost on me. This document is here in our gallery, an unassuming 8.5” x 11” piece of paper with five signatures that forever changed the course of American history, the lives of the Little Rock Nine and every student that followed.

#28DaysofKinsey

Jesse Kramer
Creative Director
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 4:59pm

Quiet Strength

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection is incredibly powerful and it has been an honor to promote the exhibition with the NURFC team these past few months. The breadth and depth of content, historical and personal, highlights the untold stories of so many Americans – from photographic, literary and artistic perspectives. I believe it would be nearly impossible to walk through a personal collection of this caliber and not have one, or more, objects speak to you. I try to make a point to spend at least 10 minutes in the Skirball Gallery each day I am in the office and “get to know” a new piece of the collection and I have learned so much.

One object in particular that catches my eye each time I walk through The Kinsey Collection is a book signed to Shirley Kinsey. This book, titled Quiet Strength, was signed by Rosa Parks in 1998.
I’m a fan of signed books. I’ve been known to stand in line for extended periods of time for the opportunity to thank an author for their work and have them sign a copy of my book.

Seeing this book has made me ask myself – how long would you stand in line for Rosa Parks’ signature? How could you possibly begin to say thank you and honor her life’s work, her journey? I think the only answer is another question: How could you leave a line leading you to Rosa Parks?

#28DaysofKinsey

Jamie Glavic
AVP of Marketing & Communications
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 5:19pm

28 Days of The Kinsey Collection

In honor of Black History Month we want to recognize the many contributions and triumphs African Americans made to America throughout history. What better way to show this than to highlight the pieces of the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection? 

 

Married for over forty years, activist couple Bernard and Shirley Kinsey have built a world-renowned exhibition that challenge and redefine African American identity and representation in history and arts. What began as a third grade project for their son Khalil – turned in to one of the largest privately owned collections of African American art, artifacts and manuscripts in the country. Spanning over 400 years, their collection feature works from Zora Neale Hurston, Romare Bearden, and Elizabeth Catlett – to name a few. Guests can even find pieces that have local ties to the city of Cincinnati such as the “Autumn Landscape” by Robert S. Duncanson, who spent the majority of his professional career in the Queen City. 

This is the second time the exhibit has made its way here to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. It was originally the second location the collection appeared when it began traveling in 2006. Since then, it has been displayed at the California African American Museum, The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Epcot Center at Disney World and The Hong Kong University Museum and Gallery to name a few, and has won many prestigious awards including the President’s National Award for Museum and Library Services. 

Throughout February our staff, volunteers and docents will highlight pieces of the collection as well as give you first-person accounts of their experiences in the gallery. See the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, presented by Macy’s, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center before it closes on Saturday, March 3. #MyNURFC #KinseyatNURFC

Will Jones
Public Relations & Social Media Coordinator
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

 

 

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 12:00pm

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This weekend through Monday, January 15, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will begin honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his many contributions through a series of programs and activities. We encourage you take part in celebrating with us as we’re sure to have something you’ll enjoy.

Gallery Talk: Have We Achieved MLK’s Dream will feature a discussion with Pastor K.Z. Smith of Corinthian Baptist Church on Saturday, January 13, at 1:30 p.m. The Gallery Talk Series provides visitors with the opportunity to engage with museum staff and community leaders to discuss social injustice, freedom and equality. The series is included in general admission and open to the public.

The 2018 King Legacy Awards Breakfast will be Monday, January 15, with doors opening at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. The breakfast honors the participants of the King Legacy Youth Leadership Program. The King Legacy Youth Program provides leadership opportunities for graduates of the Freedom Center’s Youth Docent Program and scholarship funds upon completion of the program. The keynote speaker is The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Artistic Director of Education and Outreach, Deondra Kamau Means.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with free general admission to the museum’s permanent exhibitions and programming for the day. Special programming and initiatives will include the Hoxworth Cincinnati Blood Drive; Bead for Life bracelet sale in conjunction with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s Modern Day Slavery initiatives; membership opportunities for the chance to win prizes, and a community concerts throughout the day beginning at 11:00 a.m.

We hope your participation in this annual day of service will inspire you to continue the ongoing fight in fulfilling Dr. King’s dream. #MyNURFC

Will Jones

Public Relation & Social Media Coordinator

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 9:48am

Happy Holidays from the Freedom Center

Just because our fight for freedom is ongoing doesn’t mean we can’t take time out to celebrate and appreciate the blessings in our lives. Often those blessings include being able to give to our children.

One of the greatest gifts we encourage you to give your children this season is the opportunity to experience the rich history our museum offers. With many students being on winter break between now and January, what better way to spend some of their time than at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center? We have many exciting exhibits on display for guests to see such as The Rosa Parks Experience and The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection. We will be open during our regular hours Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. throughout the rest of December 2017. Also, be sure to visit us Monday, January 15 for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday as we’re offering guests free general admission.

Guests of all ages will be sure to leave not only learning something new about America’s inclusive community of all peoples, but will also be challenged and inspired to take courageous steps to freedom. Happy holidays from all of us here at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

 

Will Jones Public Relations & Social Media Coordinator National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:18pm

NURFC Holiday Hours

As you welcome family and friends from all over to visit Cincinnati, and the Greater Cincinnati region, to appreciate the many successes and joys life can bring, we hope you also take a moment to reflect on the struggles many have gone through for you to celebrate this time of giving.  

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be closed on Thursday, November 23. We will reopen on Friday, November 24 for regular museum hours from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We encourage you to visit and bring your in, and out-of-town guests to see us as we have much going on.  

Through November 30, veterans get free general admission to the museum. This is our way of saying thank you for the service they have given to our country. If you have not visited in a while, come in to see our newest exhibit, The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection. The exhibit features the largest private-owned collection of African American art, artifacts and documents in the country from Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, spanning more than 400 hundred years of history.   

Guests also have the opporunity to see our permanent exhibits such as The Rosa Parks Experience, and the Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab during their visit. The Rosa Parks Experience, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, is an immersive virtual reality experience that commemorates Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks’ historic demonstration, just four days before the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. The Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias Learning Lab is designed to assist the public in understanding and recognizing bias and other forms of discrimination, as well as to explore recent debates in the realm of implicit bias research. The learning lab is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Procter & Gamble.

We at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center hope you have a fun and safe holiday season whether you’re staying home or traveling. We hope you’ll stop by for a meaningful museum experience with your loved ones over the holidays. #MyNURFC

Will Jones Public Relations & Social Media Coordinator National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Friday, October 6, 2017 - 4:19pm

A Recap of Gallery Talk Series: Confederate Flag Heritage vs. Hate

“I know what that flag means,” said a visitor in the crowd at the second of our gallery talk series, The Confederate Flag: Heritage vs. Hate that occurred Saturday, September 30th, 2017.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect with leading this gallery talk. Though I don’t refer to myself as a scholar of the Confederate flag, I have dedicated a majority of my master’s studies to the subject. In graduate school I took on the project of discussing the Confederate flag in public memory, turning it into my capstone thesis. Having given presentations over the debate about the Confederate flag before, I was confident in my knowledge of the subject. However, with the debate about Confederate imagery heating up in the media, I was unsure what type of reaction I would receive from this discussion.

Not only was the crowd on Saturday receptive to what I was saying, they were engaging and vocal on their experiences with the Confederate flag. This was crucial for me because above all else, I wanted to spark a meaningful dialogue with visitors about the flag. What I hoped to gain from this gallery talk was to help people understand why there is a debate about the Confederate flag and the many interpretations associated with this one symbol. What I walked away with was encouragement that regardless how tough the conversation may be, people are ready to have these discussions about current issues we are facing in America today.

Although it may be uncomfortable, I urge you to push yourself to have a dialogue with others about issues that you feel need to be discussed.

    Katie Bramell Researcher National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:43am

Special Events Directions for September 15 - September 16, 2017

 

 

With so much going on this weekend with Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and the Hudepohl 14K Brewery Run, we want to remind you that we are still open during our regular business hours of 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. See below for directions to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center with Oktoberfest Road Closures and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (513) 333-7500. Please note: street closures/routes are subject to change.

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Groups and General Admission

·        Southbound I-75 (from Dayton, Sharonville)

o   Take I-75 south toward downtown Cincinnati. Take the right side exit, Exit 1F, Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Southbound I-71 (from Columbus, Kenwood, Montgomery)

o   Take I-71 south toward downtown Cincinnati. Once downtown, follow the signs for I-75 N through the Lytle tunnel. As you exit the tunnel, get into the second lane from the left for the I-75 north exit. Once on I-75 north, take the first exit on the right, Exit 1G, Liberty St./Ezzard Charles Drive. At end of the exit merge left to turn left at the traffic light, in to the left hand lane on Ezzard Charles Drive. Once on Ezzard Charles Drive turn left at the traffic light on to Western Avenue. Continue in the center lane to turn left at the traffic light. Immediately after the left hand turn you will use the right hand lane to turn on to Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Northbound I-75/I-71 (from Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville) CARS ONLY, NO BUSES

o   Take the right side exit, Exit 192, 5th Street. Merge on to W 5th Street, continuing for approximately 0.7 miles, turn left on to Greenup Street. After 0.2 miles turn left on to Roebling Way, continuing across the bridge. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit and continue on to Walnut St. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and make a left at the traffic light (Joe Nuxhall Way/Main St) and turn left to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located half-way up the block (after the restaurant Holy Grail Tavern)

 

·        Northbound I-75/I-71 (from Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville) BUSES or cars

o   As you cross the bridge into Ohio, get into the second lane from the left for Exit 1D, US 50 W. River Road. Once on River Road stay left to immediately take the Gest Street exit. At the end of the ramp turn left on to Gest Street. Continue on to Gest Street for approximately 0.4 miles, making a slight right on to Pete Rose Way. Make an immediate left turn on to Mehring Way. Continue on Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 1 mile, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 0.7 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Northbound I-471 (from Kentucky, Newport, Bellevue)

o   Take I-471 north. Follow the signs for I-75/US 50 west. The exit is on the right. On Route 50 west (Ft. Washington Way) get into the second lane from the left to follow the signs for I-75 north. Once on I-75 north take the first exit on the right, exit 1G, Liberty St./Ezzard Charles Dr. At end of the exit merge left to turn left at the traffic light, in to the left hand lane on Ezzard Charles Drive. Once on Ezzard Charles Drive turn left at the traffic light on to Western Avenue. Continue in the center lane to turn left at the traffic light. Immediately after the left hand turn you will use the right hand lane to turn on to Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Eastbound on I-74 E (from Indianapolis)

o   Follow I-74 east to I-75 south, toward downtown Cincinnati. Take the right side exit, Exit 1F, Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Eastbound on River Road, Route 50 (from Saylor Park)

o   Take the Freeman Avenue exit. Turn left on to Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Westbound Columbia Parkway, Route 50 (from Mariemont)

o   Follow US 50 west into downtown. When you get near the stadiums on Ft. Washington Way, get into the second lane from the left for the I-75 north exit. Once on I-75 north, take the first exit on the right, Exit 1G, Liberty St./Ezzard Charles Drive. At end of the exit merge left to turn left at the traffic light, in to the left hand lane on Ezzard Charles Drive. Once on Ezzard Charles Drive turn left at the traffic light on to Western Avenue. Continue in the center lane to turn left at the traffic light. Immediately after the left hand turn you will use the right hand lane to turn on to Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        From Downtown

o   Take I-75 north to Ezzard Charles Dr., exit 1G. Access is easy from 4th, 6th or 8th Streets. At end of the exit merge left to turn left at the traffic light, in to the left hand lane on Ezzard Charles Drive. Once on Ezzard Charles Drive turn left at the traffic light on to Western Avenue. Continue in the center lane to turn left at the traffic light. Immediately after the left hand turn you will use the right hand lane to turn on to Freeman Avenue. Continue straight on to Freeman Ave, bearing left on Mehring Way after approximately 0.5 miles. Continue on to Mehring Way (east bound).

§  Cars:  Continue on to Mehring way for approximately 2 miles, and turn left in to the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. Parking in the “green” section allows for easiest access to the Freedom Center.

§  Buses:  After approximately 1.2 miles turn left on to Elm St. Turn right at the first traffic light on to Freedom Way Turn right on to Rosa Parks Street and take the second exit on the traffic circle for Walnut Street. Turn left on to Freedom Way and park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

 

·        Southbound I-75 (from Dayton, Sharonville)

o   Take I-75 south toward downtown Cincinnati. Take the left side exit, Exit 1C, and follow signs for Downtown/Fifth St. Turn right on to Walnut Street

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Southbound I-71 (from Columbus, Kenwood, Montgomery)

o   Take I-71 south toward downtown Cincinnati. Use the 2nd from the right lane to take US-42/S Reading Rd exit. Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 2, follow signs for Gilbert Avenue, and merge on to Gilbert Avenue. Gilbert Avenue turns slightly right and becomes E Eighth Street. Turn left on to Sycamore. Turn right on to Third Street, and use the left two lanes to turn left on to Walnut Street.

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Northbound I-75/I-71 (from Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville) CARS ONLY, NO BUSES

o   Take the right side exit, Exit 192, 5th Street. Merge on to W 5th Street, continuing for approximately 0.7 miles, turn left on to Greenup Street. After 0.2 miles turn left on to Roebling Way, continuing across the bridge. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit and continue on to Walnut St. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and make a left at the traffic light (Joe Nuxhall Way/Main St) and turn left to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located half-way up the block (after the restaurant Holy Grail Tavern)

 

·        Northbound I-75/I-71 (from Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville) BUSES or cars

o   As you cross the bridge into Ohio, use into the second lane from the right for Exit 1C, Fifth Street. Continue on to W Fifth Street, making a right on to Walnut Street.

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Northbound I-471 (from Kentucky, Newport, Bellevue)

o   Take I-471 north. Take exit 6B for Sixth Street toward downtown. Continue on to Sixth Street. Turn left on to Walnut Street.

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Eastbound on I-74 E (from Indianapolis)

o   Follow I-74 east to I-75 south toward downtown Cincinnati. Take the left side exit, Exit 1C, and follow signs for Downtown/Fifth St. Turn right on to Walnut Street

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        Eastbound on River Road, Route 50 (from Saylor Park)

o   Head east on River Road, take the Fifth Street ramp in to downtown, and continue on to Fifth Street. Turn Right on to Walnut Street.

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

 

·        Westbound Columbia Parkway, Route 50 (from Mariemont)

o   Head west on Columbia Parkway, using the middle two lanes to stay on Columbia Parkway. Take the Sixth Street exit on the right, continue on to Sixth Street. Turn left on to Walnut Street.

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able.

 

·        From Downtown

o   Head south on Walnut Street.

§  Cars: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn left on Second Street and turn right to enter the Central Riverfront Parking Garage. The entrance is located on the second half of the block (after Howl at the Moon).

§  Buses: Proceed south on Walnut Street. Turn right on to Freedom Way, and the Freedom Center will be located on your immediate right-hand side, park directly in front of the building. Please pull forward as far as possible so we can accommodate as many buses as we are able. 

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