WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cleveland’s Lakeview Cemetery and three other locations in southern Ohio have been added to the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced on Monday.
The 285-acre cemetery on the city’s eastern border was among 13 new listings that the National Park Service added to the program in October. The Network to Freedom Program includes over 650 locations throughout the United States that serve to “honor, preserve, and promote the history of resistance to enslavement through escape and flight,” the park service says.
“Lake View Cemetery is well-known as the resting place of notable Americans like President James A. Garfield, John D. Rockefeller, and Carl and Louis Stokes,” said a statement from Brown. “It’s important that we also recognize the great Ohioans interred there who fought for the freedom of their fellow Americans by operating the Underground Railroad. By recognizing their contributions, we can preserve the legacy and struggle of those who bravely risked their lives for freedom.”
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