Paintings , drawings, and early photographs provide a representation of the antebellum years in Kentucky and they usually have the perspective of the client who commissioned them, and are not sympathetic to the lives of slaves. The exception is two of the paintings used in the documentary by Thomas Satterwhite Noble, an artist born in Lexington, KY.
Quilts represent important artistic expressions and some quilt patterns can be traced back to African textiles. Historians are just beginning to explore the connection between the use of traditional bed coverings and secret communication among slaves.
The making of Kentucky's Underground Railroad-Passage to Freedom was itself a journey. Two years in the making, and two years in planning prior to that, many different types of visual artists contributed to both the television and the Web productions. Visit behind the scenes and learn more about the artists on this project and their careers.
Connections to Kentucky's Core Content for Assessment for Visual Arts
Art Elements, Principles, Media, and Processes