Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad

June 16 – August 11, 2024
Duffy Gallery, NC History Center

They left during the middle of the night – often carrying little more than the knowledge that moss grows on the north side of trees. An estimated 100,000 slaves between 1830 and the end of the Civil War in 1865 chose to embark on this journey in search of freedom. They moved in constant fear of being killed or recaptured, returned, and beaten as an example of what would happen to others who might choose to run. Under the cover of darkness, “fugitives” traveled roughly twenty miles each night traversing rugged terrain while enduring all the hardships that Mother Nature could bring to bear. Occasionally, they were guided from one secret, safe location to the next by an ever-changing, clandestine group known as the Underground Railroad. Many consider the Underground Railroad to be the first great freedom movement in the Americas and the first time when people of different races and faiths worked together in harmony for freedom and justice. Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad opens June 16, 2024in the Duffy Gallery at the NC History Center.

Traveling loan exhibit by Exhibits USA, developed by Mid-America Art Alliance with a NEA grant. Contains 48 dramatic color photographs, 17 moving quotes, and 3 informational panels.