Thursday, October 12, 2000

Freedom Center to get $16M from U.S.

Enquirer Washington Bureau

        WASHINGTON — President Clinton signed a spending bill Wednesday that includes $16 million over four years for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

        The Freedom Center, scheduled to open on the Cincinnati riverfront in 2003, would get $6 million in construction money this fiscal year. The government also would send $1 million authorized last year but never released.

        The $90 million museum will honor the route slaves used to escape the South before the Civil War. Cincinnati, because of its location across the Ohio River from a slave state, was a hub on the secret trail.

        Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin that swayed popular opinion against slavery, lived 18 years in Cincinnati.

        The spending bill also contains $2.5 million a year for other Underground Railroad sites across the country.

        President Clinton praised the $16.9 billion Interior bill for its six-year, $12 billion investment in land conservation. The bill also increases spending for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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