ZANESVILLE,Ohio-The History Channel premiered a remake of the 1977 miniseries Roots Monday night and it was met with critical acclaim.
The Pioneer and Historical Society of Muskingum County is hosting a lecture at the Stone Academy to kickoff a local version of Roots with the Underground Railroad Series.
“When we started planning our program series we didn’t know there was going to be a remake of Roots,” Stone Academy Museum Director Jim Geyer said. “We didn’t know about born of a nation that’s coming out later on, but it does helps us illustrate the importance and the interest in the Underground Railroad.”
Exploring our Underground Railroad Heritage will focus on 6 locations in Putnam and Zanesville recognized by the National Park Services as documented National Underground Network to Freedom sites.
“One of the things that we discovered over the years here in Zanesville, a lot of people don’t really understand or know about the Underground Railroad activity and the Abolitionist activity that took place here in Putnam in the 1830s, 40s, and 50s prior to the Civil War. So one of the things we want to do is to continue to document those activities,” Geyer said.
This free series gets underway Sunday, June 5th at 2 p.m.