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The Dennos Museum Center

The Underground Railroad: Vermont and the Fugitive Slave

January 15 - July 11, 2010

In association with Martin Luther King's birthday and Black History month, the Dennos Museum Center presents an exhibition of 16 block prints by artist Samuel Kerson.  The images included in this series are the original designs for the mural: The Underground Railroad Vermont and the Fugitive Slave, painted by Sam Kerson at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont in 1995. After the mural was completed the images were published as a limited edition portfolio in book form.

Kerson, a Vermont resident, aimed to provoke questions and discussion on a subject important to his state's history.  Vermont was a hotbed of abolitionist fervor in the decades leading to the Civil War.  The prints include images of the experience of slavery as well as portraits of abolitionists such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglas, John Brown, and Harriet Tubman.

Learn more about Sam Kerson and his mural poject at his website.