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Ripley, Ohio's Role in the Underground Railroad

John Rankin's house in Ripley, Ohio -- a major destination on the Underground Railroad route.
Noah Adams, NPR
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John Rankin's house in Ripley, Ohio -- a major destination on the Underground Railroad route.

This weekend marks the dedication of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. NPR's Noah Adams explores the role of Ripley, Ohio in the history of the Underground Railroad, on how residents of the town keep that history alive.

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Noah Adams, long-time co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, brings more than three decades of radio experience to his current job as a contributing correspondent for NPR's National Desk., focusing on the low-wage workforce, farm issues, and the Katrina aftermath. Now based in Ohio, he travels extensively for his reporting assignments, a position he's held since 2003.