CFP: "'How long, O God, how long?' The Underground Railroad's Unfinished Business", Ohio River National Freedom Corridor 2017 Conference

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Call for Papers
June 2, 2017
Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Local History, Public History, Slavery

The Ohio River National Freedom Corridor will host its 3rd Annual Underground Railroad Conference September 29 & 30, 2017 at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.

The Ohio River National Freedom Corridor (ORNFC) is an organization that brings together non-profit historic sites, museums, libraries, and communities dedicated to continued education and exploration of the legacy of the Underground Railroad (UGRR) within the Ohio River watershed in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. The ORNFC partner with the National Park Service Network to Freedom as well as many local, regional, state, and other national organizations to collaborate on the continued preservation and interpretation of our shared Underground Railroad heritage and to promote heritage tourism.

The ORNFC Conference Program Committee welcomes proposals from a wide variety of scholars, community researchers, site stewards, educators, members of the heritage tourism industry and any others interested in the connections between the stories of the struggle for freedom, the Underground Railroad (UGRR) and the promotion and preservation of this historical legacy. Proposals are encouraged to either: 1) share or enhance historical knowledge of the UGRR and/or its legacy in the Greater Ohio River Region or 2) promote heritage tourism as related to the UGRR and the struggle for freedom in the Greater Ohio River Region.

History based proposals should discuss aspects of the Underground Railroad, struggles and religious motivations of anti-slavery advocates in the Greater Ohio River Region, the struggles for freedom by those directly impacted by the institution of slavery after the end of enslavement and other related topics. Heritage tourism based proposals should discuss creative solutions to challenges in the heritage tourism industry and how technology can be used to help further promote and preserve the multitude of stories of the UGRR history and its legacy within our communities. Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • How did religion influence and motivate freedom seekers, abolitionists, UGRR activists in the pursuit of freedom and equality both before and after the American Civil War?
  • How did geography impact the resistance in local communities?
  • How does the historical legacy of the UGRR live in our communities today?
  • How can we connect the stories of individual sites to the bigger picture of the UGRR story? How can we make connections between individual sites more beneficial for both?
  • How can we make these stories come alive and inspire our communities?
  • How do we tackle challenges in the Heritage Tourism Industry?

Submission Deadline: Friday, June 2, 2017


Contact Info: 

For both questions and submissions, please contact Greg Roberts, the Ohio River National Freedom Corridor Co-Director, Ohio by email ( 

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