“The Trouble I’ve Seen: Negotiating the Risk of Travel in African America”

April 21, 2021

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“History is not everything, but it is a starting point. History is a clock that people use to tell their time of day. It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are, but more importantly, what they must be.” –John Henrik Clarke

In African America, travel is risky. The sea, the underground, the sundown. To minimize the risk of white terror, Black people have choreographed maps towards safety. This micro-exhibit maps a methodology of travel safety utilized within African American communities.  The exhibit features African American Spirituals from the John R. Johnson Papers, concert advertisements for the Fisk Jubilee Singers from the Orpheus M. McAdoo and Mattie Allen McAdoo papers, and published travel guides specifically for African Americans.  

Beinecke Roadshow by Jathan Martin (3rd-year Master of Divinity student)

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