We Were Strangers Too

Mormon Overland Trail by J. Beth Jepson

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Artist Statement

"Early converts to the Mormon church traveled 1,300 miles via handcart and covered wagon to escape religious persecution, including mob violence, fire, imprisonment and an official?extermination order?. My ancestors were among this group. I have often thought of the fertile, established homesteads they left behind to travel into the barren deserts of Utah. Their new surroundings must have seemed as foreign as the moon! The travel came at enormous sacrifice; these pioneers carried only their most essential possessions and faced death and hardship along the way. In a worldwide Mormon conference this year we were urged to serve refugees in need and were reminded that, ?As a people, we don?t have to look back far in our history to reflect on times when we were refugees, violently driven from homes and farms over and over again. Their story is our story, not that many years ago.?" - J. Beth Jepson

J. Beth Jepson is a freelance designer and avid reader.

About We Were Strangers Too

We Were Strangers Too is a collection of designs showing how diverse and universal the refugee experience truly is. Proceeds support the Anti-Defamation League, the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.