Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad
A program of ExhibitsUSA with The Arkansas Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts
April 7 – May 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 5-7 pm, free for members, $5 for non-members
Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales has spent more than a decade meticulously researching “fugitive” slaves and the ways they escaped to freedom. 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.
From the cotton plantations south of Natchitoches, Louisiana, all the way north to the Canadian border, this series of over 50 photographs by Michna-Bales helps us imagine what the long road to freedom may have looked like as seen through the eyes of one of those who made this epic journey.