Born 1836, Boston Massachusetts
Died 1910, Prout's Neck, Maine
Near Andersonville, 1865–66
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mrs. Hannah Corbin Carter;
Horace K. Corbin, Jr.; Robert S. Corbin; William D. Corbin; and Mrs. Clementine Corbin Day in memory of their parents, Hannah Stockton Corbin and Horace Kellogg Corbin 1966
Here an African-American slave emerges from the darkness of oppression into the sunlight of freedom. In the background, Union soldiers are being led off to Andersonville, a Georgia prison camp where many died. Near Andersonville is not just about why the war was fought. It is about the future of freed African Americans, for the woman is standing at a crossroads, her fate, like that of the Union soldiers, still undetermined. The gourds at her feet, used as dippers for water, were symbols for the North Star, used for guidance by runaway slaves.