North is Freedom: The Legacy of the Underground Railroad
An evocative photographic essay, North Is Freedom celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States in the years before the American Civil War. Some came entirely alone and unaided; others found their way to Canada with the help of a clandestine network of "conductors" and "stations" called the "Underground Railroad." Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the "Underground Railroad," presenting images of descendants. Black and white, young and old, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who have contributed to the growth of this great nation.
Originally commissioned by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC, to commemorate the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Sept. 2016, the exhibit has also been shown in Ottawa, ON during Black History Month 2017 through the generous support of the US Embassy in Canada in honor of Canada’s 150th Anniversary.