Barry Jurgensen is a history teacher at Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, Nebraska. He has been teaching history for eight years. Prior to teaching, Jurgensen worked for the National Park Service as a historian at the Midwest Regional Office in Omaha, Nebraska. As a teacher, Jurgensen has developed a program called Forever Free. Students in this program/class work with the Network to Freedom, a program of the National Park Service that identifies and preserves sites and stories associated with the Underground Railroad across the nation. The class works closely with local, state, and federal agencies to nominate sites to the Network to Freedom. In the past seven years, Forever Free has successfully nominated twenty-three sites in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Ohio to the Network to Freedom. Recently, Jurgensen has incorporated civic action into Forever Free. Students in his class have created a group called Student Abolitionists in Motion and are taking a stand against modern day slavery, human trafficking. As an activist, Jurgensen walked 527 miles from Nebraska City, NE to Chicago, Illinois to raise money to fight human trafficking and successfully raised $27,000 for the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives. Jurgensen has received the following awards for his teaching: James C. Olson Award; Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year for Nebraska, 2014; History Teacher of the Year by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2013; the 2016 Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award. He also serves on the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Board and examines nominations submitted for acceptance to the National Register of Historic Places.