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Bishop Henderson of the Michigan Street Baptist church (right) and friend at the opening for “Freedom Crossing” on September 15, 2006. Bishop Henderson of the Michigan Street Baptist church (right) and friend at the opening for “Freedom Crossing” on September 15, 2006.   Local elected officials and community leaders with Fr. Joseph Levesque, President of Niagara University, at the opening for “Freedom Crossing” on September 15, 2006. Local elected officials and community leaders with Fr. Joseph Levesque, President of Niagara University, at the opening for “Freedom Crossing” on September 15, 2006.
         
Niagara University college students visit Freedom Crossing. Niagara University college students visit Freedom Crossing.   Brochures and tourist information are available to guide visitors to nearby Underground Railroad sites. Brochures and tourist information are available to guide visitors to nearby Underground Railroad sites.
         
Freedom Crossing at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum tells the story of fugitive slaves escaping to freedom. Freedom Crossing at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum tells the story of fugitive slaves escaping to freedom.   Harriet Tubman, pictured on the far left of the large photograph, often crossed the Suspension Bridge in Niagara Falls, escorting escapees to freedom in Canada. Harriet Tubman, pictured on the far left of the large photograph, often crossed the Suspension Bridge in Niagara Falls, escorting escapees to freedom in Canada.
         
Authentic shackles used in slave auctions. Authentic shackles used in slave auctions.   Authentic slave shackles. Authentic slave shackles.
         
Authentic historical documents from a Quaker Meeting House, which served as a station on the Underground Railroad. Authentic historical documents from a Quaker Meeting House, which served as a station on the Underground Railroad.   Contemporary art dealing with issues of racism and slavery is always featured in the entrance to the “Freedom Crossing” exhibition. Contemporary art dealing with issues of racism and slavery is always featured in the entrance to the “Freedom Crossing” exhibition.
         
Detailed wall panels and authentic artifacts tell the story of the Underground Railroad in the Greater Niagara region. Detailed wall panels and authentic artifacts tell the story of the Underground Railroad in the Greater Niagara region.