Chatfield College Offers a New Course on the History of the Underground Railroad and Civil Rights in Cincinnati

In the days of slavery, Cincinnati, Ohio, directly across the river from the slave state of Kentucky, was a key station on the Underground Railroad. Today, the National Underground Railroad Museum is located in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Bar Foundation has made a grant to Chatfield College to fund a course on the history of the civil rights movement in the greater Cincinnati area. The course will be taught during the fall semester at the Chatfield College campuses in Saint Martin in suburban Cincinnati and at the school’s downtown campus. Blacks make up about one third of the student body at the college. Students enrolled in the course will take several field trips to important civil rights sites in the city.

The course will be taught by Eric R. Jackson, an assistant professor of history at Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Jackson is a graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Cincinnati.