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Posted May 3, 2012
A Path to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in Iowa

From a press release:

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty Middle School will be displaying an exhibit called “A Path to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in Iowa” from May 10th through the end of the year.  The exhibit consists of a number of panels borrowed from the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, as well as one specially prepared panel on the actions of John Brown in West Liberty.  The exhibit focuses on the resistance to slavery by the men and women suffering that atrocity and the help Iowans gave as many of these men, women, and children passed through on their way to a free life elsewhere in the North or in Canada.  Teachers at the school will be incorporating this exhibit into their lessons, with the hope that students will see that history is not simply something that happened long ago and far away.

The general public is invited to view this exhibit at the middle school, both on the evening of the opening and during regular school hours throughout the rest of the school year.  The school will host a reception open to the public on the evening of Thursday, May 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The reception will be held in the library at the school, which is located at 203 E. 7th St. in West Liberty, Iowa.  Those wishing to view the exhibit at another time may come to the school between 8:00 and 3:00 Monday through Friday—they will just need to sign in to the office first.  The exhibit will be displayed through the last day of school which is May 25.

Please contact Dan Stevenson, the 8th grade social studies teacher, or Sandy Reishus, the middle and high school librarian, with any questions.  They can both be reached by phone at 319-627-2118 or by email at dstevenson@wl.k12.ia.us or sreishus@wl.k12.ia.us.

The school thanks the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site for the generous loan of the exhibit.

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