Underground Railroad gets grant

FLUSHING – The Underground Railroad Foundation received a grant of $750 from representatives of US Bank, which will aid the museum in promoting the century and a half anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Curator John Mattox noted this is about the fifth donation the bank has presented to the Underground Railroad Museum.

“Over a period of five years, they’ve given us about $4,000,” Mattox said.

He added that the areas of Hopedale, Dillonvale and Smithfield were very active in the Underground Railroad. This is the area Bill Wilden, the Hopedale branch manager, comes from, and the bank where he had his start is the building which now houses the museum.

“He’s been around a long time, and he knows the value of talking about American history,” Mattox said.

He added that beginning Jan. 1, the museum has celebrated the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the anniversary of Wheeling becoming Wheeling, West Virginia. The museum is host to a year-long series of programs concerning Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, slavery and reconstruction.

Mattox thanked the community and donors for their support.

“It’s always good to know that you have a community of banks that will help carry the message,” he said. “This is a payoff for the next generation.”

The museum is located on 121 High St., Flushing. For more information, call (740) 968-2080 or visit www.@ugrrf.org.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com