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Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center wins 2020 Just Communities of WNY award

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Tue, Feb 25th 2020 07:00 am
Pictured are: Saladin Allah, visitor experience specialist; the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., former Niagara University president; Kent Olden, NFUGRRHC board member; Ally Spongr, interim director; Kiara Santiago, visitor experience specialist; and Evan Wright, guest services manager.
Pictured are: Saladin Allah, visitor experience specialist; the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., former Niagara University president; Kent Olden, NFUGRRHC board member; Ally Spongr, interim director; Kiara Santiago, visitor experience specialist; and Evan Wright, guest services manager.

The National Federation for Just Communities of WNY presented an award to the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, honoring the museum for its work on behalf of others. The Heritage Center was given the “Organization” award alongside 19 other awards that honored everything from youth to sports and public relations.

The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York is a human relations organization dedicated to overcoming racism, bias and bigotry through advocacy and engagement.

The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is an experiential museum that reveals authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom-seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls. It aims to inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery, and take action toward an equitable society.

Open since May 2018, the permanent exhibition “One More River to Cross” features the rich stories of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls, the crucial role played by its location and geography, and the actions of its residents – particularly its African American residents.

The Heritage Center’s immersive exhibits and interpretation affirmatively align with the principles of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, whose mission is to connect the past to modern social justice issues – “to turn memory to action.”

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