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Underground Railroad Research Institute (UGRRI) at Georgetown College (KY)

(start date: 2001  -  end date: 2009) 

The Underground Railroad Research Institute was established in 2001 at Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY, with Dr. Alicestyne Turley (born in Hazard, KY), the Institute's founder, as director.

"The UGRRI marked national and international efforts to preserve, interpret and commemorate Underground Railroad sites in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The resulting research highlighted the centrality and far-reaching effect of Kentucky's involvement in the American slave trade as well as creation of national and international Underground Railroad story. The Institute joined forces with individuals, public agencies and organizations conducting research locally, nationally and internationally, to broaden understanding of American diversity through creation of a more inclusive American history with a focus on the Colonial through the Progressive Era."

The institute ceased to exist around 2009. Dr. Turley served as inaurgural Director of the Carter G. Woodson Center (2012-2019) and Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Berea College in Berea, KY.

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