Monday, July 14, 2014

Our Visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center by Penny

It’s really a pity that we failed to visit the historical museum in Ohio because it’s not open on Monday.But I finally have time to review my trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.That’s really a great trip and I learned a lot.

As a student of history,I visited a lot of museums in China,from our nation museum to a small museum in a historical town.But this center seems more special and really meaningful.This may be the first time I came close to to an African American so close,listening to his description and feelings about slavery.That’s quite impressive.I knew something about slavery before,maybe from teachers and books,but never this specific and system.We sat in the exact cabin the slaveries used to be taken from Africa to America,we linstened to the moving storyteller told us the story about Mr.Box,we read the old files showed the price of each kind of slaveries,we saw the movie about running away and getting help from the White.

I used to get such comments on slavery in America that It’s criminal,it’s ugly,it disobey the Declaration of Independence.That’s really pale.Until I visited this center.I deeply remember one sentence our tour guide said that what  would you do for freedom.I saw the box in which our Mr.Box hiden for several days,I saw the movie,I saw the tears our guide dropped at the end.The story of slaveries in America is full of sadness,they don’t know their reletives,their homeland and even the time they were brought to America.There are lessons in the story,that humans can never build one race’s development and prosperity on another race’s disaster.And there is also hope in the story.After suffering so much,they finally got freedom,they are in a new times now.

I want to end this blog with a sentence the famous lecture I Have A Dream by Martin Luther King that one day little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.This is becoming true today.And this may be the most wonderful thing.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing Penny - it was very thoughtful and to the point. Share this experience with your friends back home and in other parts of the world as you know many of your Chinese peers have not had the experience you've had.

    And from Dr. King's talk I hope people of different colors all over the world can hold hands.


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