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The institution of slavery arrived with the earliest settlers on the land that became Boone County, and remained for genera- tions. Kentucky's commitment to the Union during the Civil War provided an exemption from the 1863 Emancipation Proclama- tion. Slavery remained the law of the land here until the ratification of the 13th Amendment, December 18th, 1865. In the early to mid-19th century, well before such legislation was in place, enslaved people felt freedom's pull and began to take action. Their efforts to obtain freedom, coupled with the work of the abolitionists sparked a movement, and the network of the Underground Railroad (UGRR) began to form. During this period, our county's 40-mile span of Ohio River borderlands was often the jumping off point for freedom seekers both from within Boone County and those coming through our area from further South. Of course the slaveholders and patrollers in the area were vigilant, aware of the potential for escape across the river, and the coordinated efforts of many. This made it especially dangerous for people living here to assist in UGRR activity, yet, they did. The effort to help the cause of freedom in Boone County included free people of color, other enslaved persons, clergy, abolitionists and even members of slaveholding families. Due to the clandestine nature of the movement, the UGRR network and escape activity in Boone County was largely unknown. In recent years, our Local History department has dedicated itself to discov - ering the county's role in the Underground Railroad. Long-forgotten stories of enslave- ment and freedom, involving Boone County and the surrounding region have emerged, and are offered to the public in the form of programs, tours and research materials. Each year, BCPL offers the Underground Railroad bus tour through the county, revealing the experiences of those once enslaved in Boone County, and their quest for freedom from bondage. This program has been accepted into the National Under - ground Railroad Network to Freedom, a Na- tional Park Service program dedicated to education and the understanding of the Underground Railroad in American history. Additionally, BCPL's Local History Department has been accepted into the program as a research facility, joining over 100 facilities, sites and programs across 25 states, including the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Join us for a reception to celebrate BCPL's inclusion in this program at the Main Library in Burlington on Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. A presentation of "The Barkshire and Hawkins Families of Rising Sun, Indiana; A Borderlands Story" to follow at 7 PM. The Under - ground Railroad in Boone County bus tour will be offered on Sept. 20, registration required. See page 3. Florence Branch Jerry Smith's Action Figures Scheben Branch Salvation Army Dolls Walton Branch Feather and Fur: paintings by McKenzie Keene On display L Boone County Public Library BCP Main Library 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005 Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Scheben Branch 8899 US 42, Union, KY 41091 Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Florence Branch 7425 US 42, Florence, KY 41042 Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Walton Branch 21 South Main, Walton, KY 41094 Mon. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Chapin Memorial Library 6517 Market St., Petersburg, KY 41080 Monday Noon-8 p.m. Tuesday Noon-6 p.m. Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday Noon-8 p.m. Friday Noon-6 p.m. Visit our Digital Branch Five locations to serve you — one phone number: 859-342-BOOK (2665) 1786 Burlington Pike Burlington, Kentucky 41005 BCPL Underground Railroad Bus Tour Added to National Park's Website by Local History Associate Hillary Delaney Nonprofit U.S. Postage PAID Florence, KY Permit No. 50 Would you like to receive this newsletter via email? Or choose to have it mailed to your home? Visit our website: www.bcpl. org and click on Events. The links to register are at the bottom of the page.

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