Friday, October 18, 2013

Down By the Riverside

The Underground Railroad Freedom Center serves as a beacon that looks toward the Ohio River.  It symbolically represents light in the fight against the history of slavery and present day slavery.  The river walk is beautiful and has much to offer local citizens and visitors alike.  Friends and I visited more than once as a way to walk off good food and beverage.  Come along and see the sights.

 The Underground Railroad Freedom Center sits on the Cincinnati riverfront.  This was part of the shoreline where hundreds of slaves in the 1800s took their first steps toward freedom.  It opened in 2004 and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

 Closeup of entry to the Freedom Center.

Rear view of Freedom Center near Vine.  As you can see in the top photo the Center is a block wide.

Walking toward the river you will see the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge that was started in1856 and was completed in 1866.  It was the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1883 when Robeling's Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883.  These three images move the viewer progressively toward the river.

You can walk across the bridge to Kentucky but I wasn't up to that.
This really unique building has the appearance of water moving along its exterior.

Moving along the river is this amphibious vehicle, know as the DUCK.  I took one of these on a river in Boston.  It was amazing to drive off land and onto the river.

Commerce in action with the barge moving three shipments.  Across the river in Kentucky you can also see riverboats.

 This is a wonderful public art installation where you put your hands on the hand print and you can hear the sounds of the river.  You can also see the star pattern at the bottom.  This is known as the Whistle Grove



 There are several public art projects along the river including family swings.  Latifah took at shot at it.

As we moved back toward the Freedom Center we discovered the monument including these beautiful sculptures. They are part of the Black Brigade Monument. Enjoy !







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