The John Brown, Slavery, Abolition and the Underground Railroad Discovery Trunk was designed by Akron Public School teachers as a result of a collaborative workshop funded by a Teaching America History grant starting in 2007, to assist educators to integrate primary resources into their everyday curriculum, specifically as it relates to the local Underground Railroad history of Summit County, which has national significance. The county had a number of known stations and was also home to renowned abolitionist and Underground Railroad activist, John Brown, for much of his life
The trunk, which is available as a free resource from the Summit County Historical Society (SCHS), located in Akon, Ohio, allows users to interact with this history in a tangible way. It contains primary sources, secondary sources, picture books, photographs and reproduction materials such as documents, maps, clothing, artifacts and a cotton gin. It is also accompanied with lesson plans, vocabulary words, classroom activities and curriculum designed by area social studies teacher, which meet the Ohio Academic Standards and Benchmarks for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 10th grades.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 514 Diagonal Road, Akron, Ohio, Akron, Summit, 44320
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Summit County Historical Society
Location Type: Program