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1999 Trip Participants
Peg HillJerry Gore
Morehead State University, Morehead KY

Jerry Gore is the great-great-grandson of Addison White, Ohio's most famous fugitive on the Underground Railroad. He is the son of Mrs. Hattie Dunlap and the late Mr. Wilbert Dunlap of Maysville, Kentucky, and the late Mr. Austin Gore Sr. of Washington, D.C. He has five sisters and four brothers residing in the cities of San Diego, California; Cincinnati, Ohio; Austin, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; and Maysville, Kentucky.

He is a 1966 graduate of Maysville High School and a three-time graduate of Morehead State University. He holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Arts Education, a Masters Degree in Education, and a Masters Degree in Higher Education and Administration from Morehead State University.

Jerry is listed in Who's Who of American Colleges and Unversities and the Outstanding Young Men of America, and was selected as the 1993 Distinguished Alumnus of the Mason County School system.

He is a former Friends Board member of Kentucky Educational Television, The Rowan County Arts Commission, the Morehead Human Rights Commission, and the board of directors of Pathways, Inc. Currently is a member of the Kentucky Department of Education Equity Task Force, member of the Morehead State University Affirmative Action Committee, and a member of the African/African-American Professional Coalition. He is also a founding member of the National Underground Railroad Museum, Inc., and founder of the Kentucky Underground Railroad Association. A member of the Kentucky Underground Railroad Advisory Board, and a member of the International Underground Railroad Association Advisory Board, he has served as a consultant on the history of the Underground Railroad to the following: Nationa Park Service, federal judges and attorneys, secondary and elementary schools, pre-schools and kindergartens, churches, and civic groups throughout the United States of America. Jerry is also the founder of Freedom Time, a company focusing on the history of African slavery and the Underground Railroad movement. Recently he was featured on the History Channel's "Save Our History: The Underground Railroad" which aired in 53 million homes.

Currently, he and Dr. Stuart Sprague are researching and writing a pictorial history of African-American life in Maysville and Mason County, Kentucky. He is in partnership with Ms. Peggy Overly in GOPI (Gore-Overly Positive Image), specializing in African-American crushed pecan shell figurines.

Gore has been on the staff of Morehead State University for twenty-seven years and has served in a number of positions. He has served as the Director of Wilson Hall, Assistant Director of Admissions, Counselor in the Special Services Program, which included Talent Search and Upward Bound, and Counselor in the University Counseling Center. Mr. Gore has completed his thirteenth year as Minority Student Affairs Director at Morehead State University and is now the Executive Director of the National Underground Railroad Museum in Maysville, Kentucky.

Jerry was the recipient of the 1996 Christian Appalachian Project Peace Award presented in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The award was accompanied by a grant to continue research on the Underground Railroad. Also he received, along with Peggy Overly, the 1996 Appreciation Award for preserving cultural heritage from the Rowan County Historical Society.

He also served as the coordinator of the Bi-National Underground Railroad Field Study for Parks Canada and the United States National Park Service for the Washington and Maysville, Kentucky, and the Ripley, Ohio, areas.

On April 15, 1999, Jerry received the Wendell P. Thomas award presented by the Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education and on May 7, 1999, Minority Student Services at Morehead State University presented him with an outstanding service award for being a warrior and for significant changes that he had made in all the student lives over his twenty-seven years of service at Morehead State University.


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