He’s a man who’s helping to educate dozens of kids and adults alike about the history of the Underground Railroad in the Ohio Valley and recently John Mattox was recognized by the State of Ohio.
Mattox was given the Ohio 150 Civil War Recognition Award for his efforts running the Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing.
On Saturday, the Museum held an open house and Mattox was honored by the Civil War Roundtable during their symposium at the Victoria Read Library in Flushing.
Mattox says he’s just embracing Belmont County’s rich history.
“That’s just what Belmont County is about, bringing people in, sharing what we have, and I think you realize today that you do not have to go hundreds of miles to know what’s in your backyard,” he says.
Mattox also thanked his wife Roz who co-founded the museum with him.
The Underground Museum in Flushing is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., but John says if you just call he’ll still give you a very informational tour.