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Pathways to Freedom in the Americas: Shared Experiences between Michigan and Mexico

November 16, 2012 - March 31, 2013

Pathways to Freedom in the Americas is an exhibition inspired by the meeting of two women who became fast friends - Patricia Ann Talley, an African American from the United States of America, and Candelaria Donají Méndez Tello, an Afro-Mexican from Mexico (the United Mexican States). Through their discussions, they learned about the parallel histories of their ancestors who were brought to the Americas via the trans Atlantic slave trade. Together, they introduce the exhibition, which presents the symbiotic (beneficial) relationship that has existed between Americans and Mexicans but has seldom been told.

Divided into three sections, the exhibition uses video, maps, photographs, art, and music to depict a different aspect of slavery in the Americas, the story of fugitives that escaped slavery in the United States on the Underground Railroad south to Mexico, African heritage as it continues to permeate Mexican culture - especially in the Costa Chica Region of Guerrero, the migration of Mexicans to Michigan and the culture as it has manifested in Southwest Detroit. Portions of the exhibition are presented in English and Spanish.

Pathways to Freedom in the Americas: Shared Experiences between Michigan and Mexico is free with museum admission.