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01-009
For Release: February 12, 2001

James M. Giomini
Media Relations Office
216/433-8340
James.M.Giomini@grc.nasa.gov


NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:

Underground Railroad Expert Tapped for Black History Month Lecture

While the Underground Railroad was neither "underground" nor a "railroad," it was a loose network of aid and assistance to nearly one hundred thousand fugitives of slavery and bondage in the years between the American Revolution and the Civil War.

On Thursday, February 15, NASA Glenn Research Center will reflect on this important network of aid while celebrating part of its' own rich heritage. The Center will host Carl Westmoreland, who will address this year's theme: "Creating and Defining the African-American Community: Family, Church, Politics and Culture." The lecture will be held in the Administration Building Auditorium from 1-3 p.m.

Westmoreland is the senior researcher at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH, trustee emeritus for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and president emeritus of the Ohio Preservation Alliance. The Freedom Center will be constructed in Cincinnati in 2003 and is expected to draw over 500,000 visitors annually. The scope and style will compare to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. utilizing state of the art technology to tell the story of the Underground Railroad history from 1830-1860.

Media representatives interested in attending this commemorative program for Glenn employees are requested to call Jim Giomini at 216/433-8340 or the Media Relations Office 216/433-2901 for security clearance.

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