Warren High School takes a field trip to learn about local history

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Wednesday students from a local high school left the classroom for a hands-on history lesson.

As part of their African American History class, Warren High School students traveled to the Lawton farm, Sawyer-Curtis house, Henderson Hall Plantation, and the "Westward Ho!" monument.

Members of the Campus Martius Museum board came to the monument to explain to them the history and importance of the 1787 Northwest Ordinance.

Jean Yost, a Campus Martius and Ohio River Museum board member says, “1787, the monument represents the date of the Northwest Ordinance. Slavery was prohibited in the Northwest Territory, an area that is now Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It prohibited slavery, gave rights to women, and allowed men to own their own property, which if they were in Virginia Lord Fairfax owned it."

The monument was sculpted for Marietta’s Sesquicentennial in 1938 by the same man who directed the sculpture of Mount Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum.