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North is Freedom: the Legacy of the Underground Railroad

  • Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW 501 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
Yuri Dojc 2016

Yuri Dojc 2016

North is Freedom is a photographic essay that celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada.

In the years before the American Civil War, approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants.

This exhibit honours the contributions of once-enslaved African Americans and their descendants to Canada and celebrates the opening of the newest Smithsonian museum, The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).