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Hamilton College alumnus William Earle Williams (’73) photographed images that a part of an exhibit at Hamilton College. Three exhibits opening on Monday, Jan. 14, at Hamilton’s Emerson Gallery explore key moments in African-American history through photography and political satire. The two photography exhibits are comprised of images of Underground Railroad sites and Civil War venues at which black soldiers fought.

The third exhibit explores the reality of life for many African-Americans in post-Civil War America as seen through images of political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902). The wood engravings are part of religious studies professor Jay Williams’ collection. The three shows are open through April 13 and are free and open to the public. 

For more than 20 years, Williams has also been photographing Underground Railroad sites across the United States. During a residency at Light Work, Williams became especially interested in the rich history of the Underground Railroad in Central New York. “Uncovering the Path to Freedom” features 30 black-and-white photographs by Williams selected especially for exhibition at the Emerson Gallery. The photographs offer a new look at the history of the Underground Railroad and its impact on Central New York and Hamilton College.

Read more at Hamilton College’s Web site.

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Written by Symphony

January 2, 2008 at 5:32 pm

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