Three organizations, the Carnegie Center for Art and History, Frazier History Museum, and Friends of the Town Clock Church, collaborate to present a morning focused on local stories of extraordinary people who made the difficult and dangerous choice to escape enslavement – or to assist those escaping.
FREE admission, but advance reservations are required. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10:00 – 10:45 Experience Remembered: The Life of Lucy Higgs Nichols at the Carnegie Center for Art and History. The continuing exhibition guides visitors through Lucy’s extraordinary journey, detailing her life as a slave in Tennessee, a nurse during the Civil War, and her post-war life in freedom in New Albany.
10:45 – 11:15 Enjoy live performance in the Carnegie Center’s auditorium by an Actor-Historian from the Frazier History Museum. “The Runaway” is inspired by the life of steamboat steward and New Albany resident William Harding, and dramatizes what it may have been like for a slave to attempt an escape across the Ohio River.
11:15 – 11:30 Take a short walk to the Town Clock Church for a behind-the-scenes look at this significant structure connected to the Underground Railroad. (Guests may drive the five blocks if they prefer to do so. Driving directions will be provided at check-in.)
11:30 – 12:30 Guided Tour of the Town Clock Church. Completed in 1852, the church served as a beacon of hope to freedom seekers across the Ohio River. The historic site is now home for the congregation of the Second Baptist Church of New Albany, at 300 E Main Street, New Albany, IN.
Special thanks to the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County for their generous support of this program.