Frazier History Museum

Back to All Events

Local Lives Remembered: Stories of the Underground Railroad

  • Second Baptist Church of New Albany 300 E Main St, New Albany, Indiana United States (map)

The Carnegie Center for Art & History, Frazier History Museum, and Friends of the Town Clock Church, collaborate to present a morning focused on local stories of extraordinary people who made the difficult and dangerous choice to escape enslavement -- or to assist those escaping. This event begins at Town Clock Church - 300 E. Main St, New Albany, Indiana

10:00 – 11:00 Guests meet history where it happened during a guided tour of Town Clock Church, a historically-significant structure connected to the Underground Railroad. Completed in 1852, the church served as a beacon of hope to freedom seekers across the Ohio River. The historic site is now home for the congregation of the Second Baptist Church of New Albany, at 300 E Main St, New Albany, IN.

11:15 – 11:30 - Take a short walk to the Carnegie Center for Art & History* Enjoy a brief, live performance in the Center’s Auditorium by an Actor-Historian from Louisville's Frazier History Museum. “The Runaway” is inspired by the life of steamboat steward and New Albany resident William Harding, and dramatizes what it may have been like for a slave to attempt an escape across the Ohio River.

11:30 - 12:30 - Learn from Carnegie Center staff about the remarkable Lucy Higgs Nichols, then visit the exhibition“Remembered: The Life of Lucy Higgs Nichols” that guides visitors through Lucy’s extraordinary journey, detailing her life as a slave in Tennessee, a nurse during the Civil War, and her post-war life in freedom in New Albany. Guests are also welcome to visit the highly-lauded exhibition, "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Men and Women of the Underground Railroad" the contributions of ordinary people, both free and enslaved, whose courageous acts on both sides of the Ohio River helped overthrow the institution of slavery. *Guests may drive if they prefer to do so. Driving directions will be provided at check-in.


Later Event: December 1
Live Music Performance