Underground Railroad Murals & Quilts
March 26 - April 27, 2012 / AACC Gallery
Underground Railroad Mural and Quilts; an exhibition and workshops that explore the artistic conventions and cultural context that helped to shape African-American fabric art in Chicago. Historical interpretation & registration for quilt construction workshops were facilitated by Sherrie Williams, President/CEO of the Bronzeville Historical Society. Presented by the African American Cultural Center in partnership with the Bronzeville Historical Society. Supported by the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society and the International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry.
From Africa to the cotton fields of the South to freedom in the North , artist Kathleen Farrell’s brushstrokes tell a remarkable story of strength. Mrs. Farrell captured the freedom seekers perils through Illinois in this breathtaking mural. The artwork was commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service in 2002. Bronzeville Historical Society is committed to introducing the mural to new audiences.
The black trunk was donated by Mrs. Doris Davis. It was brought to Chicago in 1942 from Mississippi by her ancestors, and it held quilts named by elder family members. The patchwork was handmade by Mrs. Marry Robinson in Chicago during the 1940’s. It served as a mechanism for keeping warm through the rigorous winters of Chicago.