The Road to Freedom and the Civil War at Chatham-Kent Museum
Tod Ainslie Pinhole Photography Exhibit
May 18, 2017 - International Museum Day
Meet and Greet Lunch | Noon-1:00PM | Free
Bring your lunch and meet the artist Tod Ainslie. Dessert and beverages provided.
As Canada prepares to mark 150 years of nationhood, the Chatham-Kent Museum, through the photographic works of Tod Ainslie, explores the years when this community was a beacon for a people fleeing slavery in the U.S. His pinhole photographs document the sites associated with the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery, in order to memorialize the heroic people who passed through them.
Tod Ainslie is a practicing documentary pinhole photographer of historical sites and architecture, using his own self-designed and self-built cameras. His photographs straddle the fine line between purely documentary and fine art, as they capture not only the literal sites themselves, but also fragments of their aura and a sense of the people whose energies occupied them. He is interested in the Underground Railroad due to his distant family relationship by marriage to John Brown, the abolitionist.
It was here in Chatham that Brown met Harriet Tubman and drafted his Provisional Constitution, during the months leading up to his raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. At that time, one third of the population of Chatham were fugitive slaves.
The Road to Freedom and the Civil War can be seen at the Chatham-Kent Museum from May 13 to August 13. Admission is by donation, and the Museum is open daily from 1-5pm.