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Local historian researches underground railroad

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

BURLINGTON, Ohio -- The underground railroad, a term that takes us back to the Civil War, isn't just a history book lesson for those in the Tri-State.

One of the routes went through Burlington, Ohio, said local historian Chris Saunders, who gave a presentation Monday night at Burlington Baptist Church. Saunders has been researching the local ties to the underground railroad and the conductors for several years. He already has made several community presentations, including some at area schools.

"Most people around here grow up and think they are from nowhere," Saunders said. "That's not the case at all. It's just local history seems to have been forgotten."

Local resident Steve Call said Saunders needs to be congratulated, not only for his research but for helping bring back to life a unique history that's been forgotten by many.

"The Ohio River was definitely a border between slave and free states," Call said. "There were some abolitionists who lived in the area that helped runaway slaves."

For more information or to schedule a presentation or tour, call Saunders at 304-412-4852 or Call at 740-550-9540.