Documentary: “The Underground Railroad”
Friday, February 20, 2009 - 7:00pm

Black History Month presentation by the Friends of History

The PSU Friends of History will be showing a documentary on "The Underground Railroad" as an observance of Black History Month. The Underground Railroad arose from a quest for freedom, coupled with the rise of the abolitionist movement in America. This led to the establishment in the early 1800s of a series of hiding places or "stations" used by thousands of fugitive slaves as they followed guided escape routes out of the South with the help of "agents" or "shepherds." like abolitionist William Still This special History Channel documentary will focus on some of the more famous "conductors" (or guides) like Harriet Tubman and Josiah Henson.

There are over 64 historic places on the Underground Railroad that are listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places, America's official list of places important in our history and worthy of preservation.

When: February 20th, 2009
Where: Cramer Hall, room 494
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free and open to the public

This presentation is free and open to the public. The non-profit Friends of History provides support for the History Department and produces special events like the annual Endowed Lecture in History. In 2007, the Friends joined forces with the Oregon Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to help plan Oregon based-events to commemorate the 200th Birthday of our 16th president.

The documentary will be screened in Room 494 of Cramer Hall located on the Portland State University campus at 1721 SW Broadway and will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Check our website at: or call (503)725-5473.