|- Shackles on the floor of an actual slave pen that was relocated and rebuilt within the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.|
A few months ago I was sitting in a downtown office with a consultant brought in to help the Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau identify opportunities for marketing the city. We chatted about things appealing to tourists and out of town visitors. We both mentioned the usual things: the Reds, Bengals, Kings Island, the Zoo, craft beer, history, etc. - the kinds of things you can find similar versions of in any number of American cities. He was no stranger to traveling or to these types of tourism traits, but he noticed one thing that really stuck out about Cincinnati. After scribbling down some notes, he looked up and said:
"You know, one thing I noticed that can be found in Cincinnati that no other city has...
...a "freedom center."