Mennello Museum shows series about the underground


the Mennello Museum of American Art (Facebook | website) is showing a new collection of photographs focusing on the Underground Railroad in a new exhibition entitled “Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad”.

The exhibition shows works by the photographer Jeanine Mechna-Bales, who has spent over 10 years researching slaves and their means of escape in America. Michna-Bales traced about 2,000 miles of unnumbered routes on the Underground Railroad in her photographs, based on actually documented locations, cities, and places that people in search of freedom would follow.

“We are moved to share Michna-Bales’ photographs, which are breathtaking, hauntingly beautiful, and convey a deep gravity in a thoughtful reflection on a painful part of our American history. The narrative from darkness to light on a path through the American countryside to architectural sites is powerfully guided by spirituals, historical figures and lived experiences that encourage and inspire. “


The exhibition features color photographs, ephemera, and narratives to tell the story of the Underground Railroad, and is accompanied by a joint publication with Princeton Architectural Press that includes a photographic essay and is available at the museum.

The exhibition will be open to the public on November 19th and will last until January 9th.

The Mennello Museum is located in 900 E. Princeton Street [GMap].

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