2019 Kentucky Borderlands Conference

Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21
Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Kentucky

Join BCPL’s Local History Department for a two day event reflecting on Kentucky’s Underground Railroad and enslavement history. During the day on Thursday June 20th, the Rabbit Hash to Rising Sun Bus Tour will highlight the Underground Railroad stories of neighboring river towns, Rabbit Hash, Kentucky and Rising Sun, Indiana. The day will include stops in Historic Rabbit Hash and Rising Sun, as well as a ferry boat ride along an Underground Railroad river crossing. A boxed lunch, included in registration costs, will be served at the Ohio County Historical Museum in Rising Sun. Tour starts at the Boone County Public Library in Burlington, Kentucky. Please register. Cost: $40

In the evening of June 20th at the Boone County Historic Courthouse in Burlington, Trina Robinson will discuss her exploration into her family’s enslaved ancestry in Kentucky, their migration to Chicago, and how she has processed what she has learned through film, video and storytelling. A featured speaker at Moth Mainstage storytelling events throughout the country, Ms. Robinson will screen her three minute short film The Call and will share the story behind the film. “In an effort see the world through the eyes of my ancestors on a deeper level, I began tracing my newly discovered roots in Kentucky through a series of sensory experiences. Using film, video, archival materials, and text, my mission is to capture how imagery, sound, and language influence storytelling in relationship to memory.” Cost: FREE

On Friday, June 21st join us at the Main Library in Burlington for a day of presentations reflecting on Kentucky’s Underground Railroad and enslavement history. The purpose of the day will be to open lines of communication regarding the UGRR and enslavement within the larger community and to come up with a cohesive plan about how Kentucky discusses UGRR issues in our past. Speakers will include BCPL’s own Hillary Delaney, historian Dr. Debian Marty from USC Monterey, and Cincinnati-born playwright, screenwriter and part-time genealogist Mr. Keith Josef Adkins. Mr. Adkins will be joining members of the Pendleton County Historical Society to discuss the significance of his ancestor, Charity Southgate. Please register. Cost: $25, plus $10 boxed lunch option.

Conference attendees will have an opportunity to visit Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad by Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales,  an exhibit in the Curt Bessette Art Gallery at the Main Library. This exhibition features beautifully dramatic color photographs, ephemera, and narratives that together tell the story of the Underground Railroad. Organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Underground Railroad Station with Tunnel Leading to Another Conductor’s House; Centerville, Indiana

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