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Call for Proposals -2015 Ohio River National Freedom Corridor Regional Underground Railroad Conference

The Ohio River National Freedom Corridor, in partnership with the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau, will host the inaugural 2015 Regional Underground Railroad Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 16-18, 2015.

The theme for this year’s conference is:  “I walked with bold courage:” Connecting Communities with Shared Stories of the Underground Railroad.

Black Women and Convict Leasing?

I am examining literature about the convict leasing system and have found little about Black women laborers in the system.  It appears that for a while among the few women incarcerated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some Black women were assigned to domestic work (laundries, cleaning, sewing, etc.) while Black male convicts worked in agriculture, ditch digging, roadwork, etc.  Although the number of women in prison of any race was for a long time relatively small, I suspect that like most areas of society Black and white women shared different experiences.

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