This painted cement figure is a piece from Smith's Underground Railroad series. It memorializes Mother Glennette Tilley Turner, an African American community historian of Aurora Illinois. According to Dr. Charles Smith she worked "to keep the legacies of the ancestors intact, respected, and understood." Her figure is painted, decorated with pinecones, and features a glass marble in her hand. According to Smith, the marble symbolizes a crystal ball that she uses to search for answers and see a glimpse of the future.
The Kohler Foundation Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of the Kohler Foundation.