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How freedom was won

Today is International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

AFP , Cincinnati, Ohio

Fugitives were called passengers or cargo, those who guided them over the circuitous routes were conductors, and the homes, barns or other hiding places where they found shelter along the way were referred to as depots or stations.

In Ohio, they encountered a state with sharply discriminatory laws and widespread racial bias. "Black Laws," among other things, required blacks to post US$500 bonds to establish residence and prohibited blacks from testifying against whites in court.

But most could at least take comfort from the knowledge that their new conditions, however unenviable, were generally a vast improvement from the often inhumane circumstances that they left behind in southern locales where they were treated as private

property.

The center opened to the public earlier this month, but its formal dedication is scheduled for today, the day the UN has singled out to commemorate the abolition of slavery.

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