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Oberlin Heritage Center/O.H.I.O

The Oberlin Heritage Center/O.H.I.O. is a complex of historic sites that offers tours, educational programs and special events throughout the year that present Oberlin history to the public. The organization offers an annual Living History Open House with living history performers telling the story of the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue (1858). The tour presents information on the history of abolition and the Underground Railroad in the community and includes the home of abolitionist James Monroe and the one room schoolhouse where African American and Caucasian children studied together in open defiance of Ohio’s Black Laws. The organization offers periodic programs and exhibits on topics related to the Underground Railroad. For example, in 2004, there will be a February program on A Children’s View of the Underground Railroad and the organization is co-sponsoring a re-enactment of the Lane Debates entitled The Lane Debates: The Making of Radical Abolition and the Oberlin Commitment to Racial Egalitarianism. Previous speakers have included James Horton of George Washington University (who presented a series of lectures on the Underground Railroad in conjunction with an exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute entitled Free at Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America in September 2000), William and Aimee Lee Cheek of San Diego State University (on John Mercer Langston; 1998) and various scholars in conjunction with Threads of Freedom: The Underground Railroad Story through Quilts exhibition and symposium in summer 2001 including Sharon Patton, now director of the National Museum of African American Art at the Smithsonian.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: P.O. Box 0455, Oberlin, Ohio 44074, 73 ½ S. Professor, Oberlin, 44074

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Patricia A. Murphy

Location Type: Facility

UGRR Operatives: James Monroe