Museum PR Announcements News and Information

Mascots Exhibit Opening Panel Discussion Saturday at Freedom Center

Cincinnati, OH – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Xavier University invite the media to attend the opening program for Mascots, Saturday, November 7 at 1:00 p.m. in the Everyday Freedom Heroes Gallery.

Panelists include Dusty Baker, Major League Baseball manager and former player; Dennis Limberhand, Cheyenne Elder; Alex Tortes of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Tribe; and Dr. Rose M. Wetterau of Xavier University, licensed clinical psychologist.

The opening program, moderated by Rabbi Abie Ingber of Xavier University, will discuss the history of using representations of American Indians in athletics and address how cultural appropriation perpetuates stereotypes. Panelists will provide personal, professional and psychological experiences and perspectives. The panel will also provide insight into the movements to retire the use of American Indian mascots across the country. Media will have an opportunity to interview a few of the panelists following the program.

Mascots opens to the public on Saturday, November 7 and is curated by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in partnership with Xavier University.

To learn more about Mascots, visit