The Underground Railroad Museum in Flushing has been honored for the work it does in bringing history to life.
Heritage Ohio honored Dr. John Mattox, founder and curator of the museum, for his tireless work.
They said he has collected the signs, statues, memorabilia, books and art work that make the museum a living representation of the past.
Dr. Mattox said when he first came to Flushing, he had no idea it was the site of stops along the Underground Railroad.
But he said collecting things came naturally to he and his late wife, Roz Mattox.
“It’s a passion that my wife and I developed together,” noted Mattox. “Her mother never threw away anything. My mother never threw away anything. Or someone will leave a small quilt in a brown paper bag hanging on the door. Or they will see our collection of cameras and donate their own. And I’ll say this is a repository for whatever you want and it’s here for the next generation.”
Mattox is always eager to speak with visitors who tend to drop in from all over the nation.
A family from Minnesota walked in, saying they had changed the route of their trip to make sure they could get there.
Heritage Ohio celebrates and reflects Appalachian history and honors preservation organizations, cultural groups and individuals who are dedicated to preserving the past.