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2002 Network to Freedom Grants

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Riverside, CA; Research for development of UGRR study tour in California/Footsteps to Freedom Study Tour ($23,385)         

Grant supported project to change instruction within school curriculum about the study of freedom by researching the California story of the UGRR.  Stories focusing on sites and people of the California UGRR were developed and published in a tabloid format and offered on the Footsteps to Freedom website with the help of Black Voice News.


San Francisco, CA; Extending program impact through new research and media/Meet Mary Pleasant ($25,000)

Grant provided a digital archive that illuminates the importance of Mary Pleasant’s work on the UGRR, from East to West.  Grant also provided for professional taping of the Chautauqua “Meet Mary Pleasant,” a Network to Freedom program.


Statewide, IN; Research in Nine Indiana Counties on the UGRR/Indiana Freedom Trails ($14,395)

Grant supported research into federal, state and local records for UGRR activity in nine Indiana counties (Huntington, Wabash, Grant, St. Joseph, Marshall, LaPorte, Lake Hamilton, and Madison).  Project culminated in the first annual teacher’s workshop on teaching the Underground Railroad (UGRR) to students, attended by 100 educators.


Topeka, KS ; Historic Preservation Plan/Free State Capitol ($7,500)                 

Grant funded the development of a Historic Preservation Plan by nationally known preservationist William Seale, to direct the site-specific course in actions to document, preserve, and restore the historic building and to interpret its essential historic significance as a Network to Freedom site.


Lawrence, KS ; “Quest for Freedom:  The UGRR in Douglas County, Kansas/Watkins Community Museum ($20,470)

Grant was to have supported in-depth research on the UGRR in Douglas County and development of a major exhibit with a mural-sized realistic historical oil painting as a focal point.  Under the project, an exhibit catalog and brochure were to be developed.  Changes in the Museum’s management and mission have blocked this project from materializing.


Annapolis, MD; Beneath the UGRR:  Assisted Flight and the Conspiracy against Slavery in Maryland, 1830-1860/Maryland State Archives (($25,000)

Grant-funded research project using internships to mine Archive records – extant court dockets, slave jail records, Pardon Records, and relevant period newspapers – to extract information relevant to the UGRR.  New case studies of freedom seekers and others connected with the UGRR were written and posted on the Archives website.


Vandalia, MI; Cass County Collaborative Free Soil Research Project/Free Soil Tours ($10,150)       

Grant funded research and analysis of local archival holdings, as well as the cataloging and preservation of two important private collections pertaining to UGRR activity in Southwestern Michigan.  The work provided historical context for archeological exploration of the 19th century African American Ramptown settlement.


St. Louis, MO; Neighborhood Pride/Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing ($24,955)     

Grant provided partial funding for a planning process aimed at educating community members on the site’s UGRR history and issues related to site development.  Process included major community involvement in decision making regarding future development of the site as a cultural attraction and anchor of pride for the community.


Natchez, MS ; Escapes, Uprisings, and Maroons Proving Mississippi River a Major UGRR Route/Forks of the Road Enslavement Market Terminus ($7,500)     

Grant supported a 740+ page research study into the Mississippi River as a route of escape and documented UGRR stories from the Old Southwest (Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee).


Burt, NY; Building a Niagara County UGRR Education Resources Center/Murphy Orchards ($15,394)   

Grant provided partial funding for: research and compilation of UGRR information in Niagara County; design of displays and exhibits interpreting this UGRR history; writing and production of a half-hour video summarizing the history of slaves in the American Colonies and the history of the UGRR in Western New York focusing on the importance of farms, farming, and farmers to both slavery and the UGRR; production of a PowerPoint presentation for off-site school and social group use; development of a site Master Plan, along with a detailed plan for the Educational Resource Center.


Greenville, OH; James & Sophia Clemens Farmstead Restoration Project/James & Sophia Clemens Farmstead ($25,000)        

Grant to fund stabilization of the Clemens farm house until further restoration may be undertaken.  Work will address general masonry and carpentry requirements to arrest or reverse structural deterioration due to years of neglect, and provide for thermal and moisture protection.  Grantee recently raised the non-federal matching share and work is scheduled to begin in FY 2006.


Ripley, OH; Parker House—Interior Restoration/John P. Parker House Historic Site ($25,000)

Grant provided partial funding for the completion of interior restoration work for this African American UGRR conductor’s home, a National Historic Landmark (NHL).  The project’s completion allowed the property to open for public visitation and interpretation.


Dover, TN; Understanding the African American Experience at Forts, Henry, Heiman, & Donelson/Fort Donelson National Battlefield ($1,250)

Grant supported research by park staff at the National Archives and the purchase of Freedman’s Bureau microfilm records specific to Fort Donelson’s role as safe haven for freedom seekers from 1862 to the end of the Civil War.  This research provided information on the welfare and education of former slaves in Tennessee and Kentucky, allowing the park to develop and produce interpretive stories and media for visitors.


Milton, WI; Milton House Wall & Foundation Restoration Project/Milton House Museum ($25,000)

Grant supported repair and restoration of walls and foundation of the Milton House NHL.  The grant-funded work was part of an overall restoration project for the property.


Delaware Underground Railroad Coalition ($250,000; this amount was an earmark for Delaware)

Grant supported work to develop an historical context for the Underground Railroad in Delaware, an Underground Railroad Scenic Byway nomination, Free Black Communities research,  exhibits at the New Castle Courthouse, State House Museum, and the Corbit-Sharp House, a workshop on researching the Underground Railroad, a children’s program with the Quaker Hill Historic Foundation, and a possible statewide brochure.