Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad opens on Saturday, April 6 and will un through May 25. 

Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales spent more than a decade meticulously researching “fugitive” slaves and the ways they escaped to freedom. The path Michna-Bales documented encompasses roughly 2,000 miles of sites, cities, and places that freedom-seekers passed.

Through a series of photographs, she helps the viewer imagine the long road to freedom as seen through the eyes of those who made the epic journey.

Louisiana freedom stories will be included in this exhibit, including an original reward letter from 1817 for a man who escaped from Pointe Coupee Parish.

This exhibition is on loan from ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information about the programs and activities associated with the exhibition call (225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 pm.

The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

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  • Starting Saturday, April 6th, 2019, repeated every day until Saturday, May 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm


West Baton Rouge Museum

845 N Jefferson Ave
Port Allen, 70767


West Baton Rouge Museum

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