Thursday, October 16, 2008

learning to read

A postcrosser in Singapore said she likes photography that tells a story. This card, showing a freed slave learning to read, tells a powerful one. It's part of a set I picked up several years ago on a road trip in Alabama. I can't believe I'm parting with this card. It bears a quotation from Frederick Douglas: "Chains can put a man in slavery but only ignorance can keep him there."