Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Today we took Mary and Anber and the boys and baby to the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

It was very emotional for both girls, and I am proud of them for enduring so much that we must lay on their shoulders. 

Mary was told by her biological mother that she was white, and has been very confused about it. 

We have worked hard talking and reading about her identity and history and culture, but the girls needed to see it and touch it and feel it in their hearts.

My favorite moment was when a very black woman came up to me and thanked me, “because not many white people come here.”

Then she realized Mary was signing, and talked with her in sign language!

Mary told her all about foster care and being black and getting adopted, and the lady cried and hugged me again!

It was a special day, and good for all of us.  There was so much to see and do and learn! There was even a whole section about how it still happens today.  We need to come back again and again as they get older and keep processing more.




About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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