THROUGH DARKNESS TO LIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHS ALONG THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Memphis Museum of Science & History - MoSH
3050 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
Secret routes and safe houses
Between 1830 and the end of the Civil War in 1865, an estimated 100,000 slaves chose to embark on a journey in search of freedom along the Underground Railroad - a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early to mid-19th century, and used by enslaved African-Americans to primarily escape into free states and Canada.
Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales has spent more than a decade meticulously researching “fugitive” slaves and the ways they escaped to freedom.
Follow the journey of freedom-seekers.
While the unnumbered routes of the Underground Railroad encompassed countless square miles, the path Michna-Bales documented encompasses roughly 2,000 miles and is based off of actual sites, cities, and places that freedom-seekers passed through during their journey.
This exhibit features beautifully dramatic color photographs, ephemera, and narratives that together tell the story of the Underground Railroad.