Underground Railroad Preservationists Struggle

Underground Railroad preservationists struggle as new museum prospers

A state organization that works to preserve sites along the Underground Railroad says it's struggling for funds, while a museum dedicated to the subject has prospered. Connie Quarles is a regional coordinator for the Ohio Underground Railroad Association. She says more than 400 sites are in danger of disappearing because the Ohio Underground Railroad Association has had to rely on funds from charity dinners and small donations, including from schoolchildren.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, which is officially dedicated today, got about 40 percent of its funding from local, state and federal government contributions.

Fund-raising efforts brought in donations from companies and individuals, including celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey.