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Along The Underground Railroad At Night

by | 14th, October 2014

“Cypress Swamp” Middle Mississippi

“Cypress Swamp” Middle Mississippi

WE can travel down the Underground Railroad with Jeanine Michna-Bales, who created Through Darkness to Light, the slaves’ journey to freedom in Canada:

Finding that there were few visual records of the secret stations along the escape route, she herself traced the steps taken by many of the 100,000 slaves between the Southern plantations of Louisiana to the border of Canada, where slavery was prohibited. Along the way, she creates an archive of historical sites both famous and obscure, discovered through academic inquiry at historical societies and oral histories passed down through generations. …

“Hunter’s Bottom” Just Across the Ohio River; Outside of Madison, Indiana

“Hunter’s Bottom” Just Across the Ohio River; Outside of Madison, Indiana

Michna-Bales shoots after dark, capturing the ambiguous nature of the shadowed land, which becomes shrouded both in terror and in hope. After examining each station during the day, she sometimes had to score the spot with a plastic bag lest she lose her way in the dark. Some safe houses had not been well documented; after reading accounts, she would work from a general area, searching and asking around for old houses. Many homeowners confirmed her hunches and led her other buildings along the railroad.

“Go to the House on the Hill” Possible Underground Railroad Station; Cambridge City, Indiana

“Go to the House on the Hill” Possible Underground Railroad Station; Cambridge City, Indiana

Once, police showed up after her presence had been called in by neighbors, only to offer her more insight into the history of the railroad.

“Freedom” Canadian Soil; Sarnia, Ontario

“Freedom” Canadian Soil; Sarnia, Ontario



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