THROUGH DARKNESS TO LIGHT: Seeking Freedom on the Underground Railroad They left during the middle of the night – oftentimes carrying little more than the knowledge that moss grows on the north side of trees. An estimated 100,000 slaves in the decades prior to The Civil War chose to embark on this journey of untold hardships in search of freedom. Fugitives’ traveled roughly 20 miles each night traversing rugged terrain while enduring all the hardships that Mother Nature could bring to bear. Occasionally, they were guided from one secret, safe location to the next by an ever-changing, clandestine group known as the Underground Railroad. From the cotton plantations just South of Natchitoches, Louisiana all the way north to Canada, this series of photographs can help us imagine what the long road to freedom may have looked like as seen through the eyes of one individual who made this epic journey. Click for Introduction | Slavery Timeline Click for In Sight/The Washington Post | LENSCRATCH | WIRED Raw File | NBC4 Washington DC Special on the Underground Railroad (time code 11:50) The book from Princeton Architectural Press releases February 2017. In addition to 83 journey images, the book features a foreword by civil rights activist and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young. To pre-order a copy visit Amazon.com.