In Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, Jeanine Michna-Bales presents a remarkable series of images following a route from the cotton plantations of central Louisiana, through the cypress swamps of Mississippi and the plains of Indiana, north to Canada — a path of nearly fourteen hundred miles. The culmination of a ten-year research quest, Through Darkness to Light imagines a journey along the Underground Railroad as it might have appeared to a freedom seeker. Framing the powerful narrative is an introduction by Michna-Bales; a foreword by noted civil rights activist, politician and pastor Andrew J. Young; and essays by Fergus M. Bordewich, Robert F. Darden, and Eric R. Jackson.
Princeton Architectural Press
Released Spring 2017
Hardcover, 10.5 x 7.75 in (26.7 x 19.7 cm)
192 pages: 100 color illustrations, 13 b/w illustrations
Andrew J. Young, Jr. is an American politician, diplomat, author, activist and pastor currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served as a United States Congressman from Georgia’s 5th congressional district, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President Jimmy Carter, and Mayor of Atlanta. He was a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the Civil Rights Movement and was a close friend and supporter Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Young was a key strategist and negotiator during the Civil Rights Campaigns in Birmingham and Selma that resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Since leaving political office in 1990 Young has founded or served in multiple organizations centered on public policy, political lobbying and international relations. He continues his work today as the head of the Andrew J. Young Foundation focusing on eradicating world hunger and poverty.
Fergus M. Bordewich is a historian and the author of seven books on American history, including Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America (Amistad/Harper Collins, 2005), America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise that Preserved the Union (Simon & Schuster, 2012), Washington: The Making of the American Capital (Amistad/Harper Collins, 2009), and The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government (Simon & Schuster, 2016).
Eric R. Jackson is associate professor of history and director of the Black Studies Department at Northern Kentucky University. He is the coauthor of several books, including Reflections of African-American Peace Leaders: A Documentary History, 1898‑1967 (Edwin Mellen Press, 2003) and Cincinnati's Underground Railroad (Arcadia, 2014).
Robert F. Darden is professor of journalism, public relations, and new media at Baylor University. He is the author of People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2005) and Nothing But Love in God’s Water: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, Volume I (Penn State University Press, 2014). He is also the cofounder of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor.