Funding to support the New Philadelphia Association's 2013 Likes Memorial Lecture series, which annually focuses on themes and topics related to the history of New Philadelphia (Pike County), believed to be the first town planned and registered by an African-American in the United States.
In keeping with the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, the theme of this year's Likes Memorial Lecture Series will be "Many Roads to Freedom: The Underground Railroad and the Civil War." It will consist of four presentations on various aspects of African-Americans' efforts to obtain and protect their freedom during the mid-19th century. All four presenters - two from Illinois, one from Kentucky, and one from Nebraska - are accomplished public interpreters of history who have expertise in 19th-century African-American history.
The presentations will take place on four consecutive Tuesdays in June at Sprague's Kinderhook Lodge near Barry.