History in Your Backyard?

Goooooood afternoon, Muskies! I hope you guys enjoyed the couple days of warmer weather and stayed warmer in the colder weather πŸ™‚

This past weekend, I was able to participate in an Underground Railroad tour sponsored by Student Life. Naturally I was excited to go because I wanted to learn more about my cultural background and heritage–slavery being a huge part of it. The 13 of us that attended got to tour the Putnam Underground Railroad Exhibit (PURE for short), the Stone Academy, the Putnam Presbyterian Church and finally the Overlook. I have to say, I never would’ve imagined that the little city of Zanesville had possessed so much history. Hearing the different speakers talk about how the places had come to be, what some of the people had endured in their lifetimes and how Zanesville had evolved over the last 200+ years made me look at things a little bit differently. But the biggest thing that I had took away from the four hour tour was that history can be lying anywhere, from the sidewalks we walk on to the buildings we live in. The entire world is a revolving ball of dates, facts, successes, failures and innovations. Who would’ve guessed that?? I’m glad that I took the chance and signed up because I definitely feel like it added to the already large knowledge base that I do have. So, if you have to chance to go experience something like this, I highly recommend it πŸ™‚ have a wonderful rest of your Monday!

-Jazmine

The vase outside of the PURE building

The vase outside of the PURE building

An example of how a classroom would be set up at the Stone Academy

An example of how a classroom would be set up at the Stone Academy

The slave hideaway at the Stone Acedemy

The slave hideaway at the Stone Acedemy

Most of the group that attended :)

Most of the group that attended πŸ™‚

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