Muskingum University celebrated Juneteenth, the federally-recognized holiday commemorating the emancipation day of enslaved people in the United States, on June 19, 2023.
President of the Muskingum County History Organization Peter Cultice presented on the important role the area played in the Underground Railroad. Regional Underground Railroad stations and centers of abolitionist activity included Zanesville’s Stone Academy Historic Site and Museum, which houses the Putnam Underground Railroad Interpretive Center featuring exhibits, a resource library, and on-going research activities.
The day’s events also included Juneteenth Bingo.
Muskingum’s celebration was sponsored by the University’s Office of Cultural Engagement and Inclusion.
To learn more about the Underground Railroad in the region, visit muskingumcountyhistory.org. Muskingum Professor of History William Kerrigan will be a featured speaker at the history organization’s 2023 Stone Academy Underground Railroad Symposium on Sept. 30.