History Exhibit at Southfield Library to Share Afro-Mexican Experience Jan 30-March 1

History Exhibit at Southfield Library to Share Afro-Mexican Experience Jan 30-March 1lisa schmidt law

(Press Release, Jan. 25, 2015)

The Southfield Public Library will host an exhibit, Pathways to Freedom in the Americas: Shared Experiences between Michigan and Mexico, on the second floor of the Library from January 30 through March 1.

This exhibit looks at the parallel history of Africans who were brought to the United States and Mexico against their will and shows the deep rooted African influence in both countries.

Pathways to Freedom in the Americas is an exhibition inspired by the meeting of two women ferncareADwho became fast friends – Patricia Ann Talley, an African American from the United States, and Candelaria Donají Méndez Tello, an Afro-Mexican from Mexico. Through their discussions, they learned about the parallel histories of their ancestors who were brought to the Americas via the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Together, they introduce the exhibition, which explores the symbiotic relationship that has existed between Americans and Mexicans but has seldom been told.

Divided into three sections, the exhibition uses video, maps, photographs, art, and music to depict a different aspect of slavery in the Americas, the story of fugitives that escaped slavery in the United States on the Underground Railroad south to Mexico, African heritage as it continues to permeate Mexican culture – especially in the Costa Chica Region of Guerrero, the migration of dinos02sidelogo3Mexicans to Michigan and the culture as it has manifested in Southwest Detroit. Portions of the exhibition are presented in English and Spanish.

The Southfield Public Library is located in the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26300 Evergreen Road.  Visit the Library’s Home Page at www.southfieldlibrary.org.  For further information, please call the Guest Services Desk at (248)796-4224.

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