Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Task Force, Inc.
CAN BE VIEWED BEGINNING NOVEMBER 16, 2012
AT THE CHARLES H. WRIGHT MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
UNTIL MARCH, 2013
Pathways to Freedom in the Americas:
Shared Experiences Between Michigan, USA and Guerrero, Mexico
Pathways to Freedom in the Americas is an interactive, educational, traveling, bi-lingual exhibition that presents a seldom publicized depiction of the trans Atlantic slave trade, the unfamiliar story of fugitives from slavery in the United States taking the Underground Railroad south to Mexico, and the contributions made by the states of Michigan, in the United States of America, and of Guerrero, in the United Mexico States, Mexico) toward the abolition of slavery and the extension of freedom to all people.
Through maps, photographs, artifacts, and music, the exhibition tells the story and provides a glimpse into how African culture continues to permeate Mexican culture – especially in the Costa Chica Region of Guerrero, addresses the migration of Mexicans to Michigan and the culture as it has manifested in Southwest Detroit.
The exhibit and educational project will increase the appreciation and collaboration between the two cultures and help to build better intercultural and international relationships.
It was inspired by the chance meeting of two women who became fast friends- Patricia Ann Talley, an American from the Michigan, U.S.A. and Candelaria Donají Méndez Tello, an Afro-Mexican from the Guerrero, México. Through their discussions, they learned about the parallel histories of their ancestors who were brought to the Americas in chains.
|Patricia Ann Talley
| Candelaria Donají Méndez Tello
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