Picture from From Ain’t Nobody a Stranger to Me by Jerry Pinkney
It was a time of rampant internal struggle for the United States. A time of war and slavery and uncertainty about how it would all play out within our borders.
From the late 18th century to the Civil War, The Underground Railroad, composed of a network of people, both African Americans and white abolitionists, used secret routes in order to provide escaped slaves with passage to freedom in the North. Ohio had the most active network of any state, and for this reason, one would be hard-pressed to find a more appropriate place from which to commemorate this pivotal chapter in American History.
With that in mind, University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center invite you to revisit the path towards freedom, one step at a time, as you experience Miles of Bravery, an exhibit showcasing art from picture books about the Underground Railroad. Featured artists will include Jerry Pinkney, Bryan Collier, E.B. Lewis and more.
The exhibition, designed to pay tribute to those who risked their lives in pursuit of freedom, will allow visitors the unique opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation and heightened awareness of the history of the Underground Railroad as depicted in twenty original works of art, created by some of the most esteemed illustrators in the genre.
All twenty pieces of art will travel from UF’s Mazza Museum to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center where they will be on display March 6 – May 16 before returning to Mazza.