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The Oberlin Sanctuary Project

Painting of Oberlin Collegiate Institute and First Church, 1846
Oberlin Collegiate Institute and First Church, 1846

Cleveland Public Library’s Langston Hughes Branch will host a public program related to the Oberlin Sanctuary Project.  This project documents the history of Oberlin’s efforts to provide sanctuary, safe haven, and assistance for those in need. This history includes stories of Oberlin residents and Oberlin College students and faculty members assisting runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad before the American Civil War, providing opportunities for Japanese American students to attend college during World War II, and helping Kent State University faculty and students cope with the deaths of four students on May 4, 1970. Stories of aiding refugees from the 1970s to the 1990s will also be featured.

The program will include presentations, a reception, and a traveling exhibit and is free and open to the public. 

Sponsored by the Oberlin College Libraries, Cleveland Public Library – Langston Hughes Branch, and the Oberlin Heritage Center, with support provided by the Council of Independent Colleges. 

For more information: https://sanctuary.oberlincollegelibrary.org

Saturday, February 22, 2:00 p.m.
Cleveland Public Library – Langston Hughes Branch