Celebrate People's History: The Underground Railroad

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.65
Artist:
Sam Kerson
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
July 2012
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
This is a black poster with an image in white ink of a woman standing beneath a tree in a rainstorm, and the rain drops are light blue. At the top is the title "The Underground Railroad" and beneath the image it reads "Yes I was a slave and I’ll say this to the whole world: Slavery was the worst curse ever visited on the people of the United States” —John Rudd and then below that in larger text, "Celebrate People's History".
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.