One hundred years ago there were two big issues in America…migration and racial inequality.
One hundred years ago, despite the Civil War’s abolishment of slavery, but before the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans were still repressed socially, economically, and legally.
A mass migration of African Americans fled the rural South, heading north, mostly to three cities: New York, Chicago and St. Louis.
Jacob Lawrence, African American artist, painted their stories. With his 60 small intimate, paintings, done on wood board and with inexpensive tempera paint, Lawrence’s series was instantly recognized as a tour de force, a new American epic.
Lawrence and his wife, Gwendolyn Knight, wrote captions for each painting which are reproduced under each image.
By 1970, the migration of African Americans had ended, and 6 million souls had left the South, hugely enhancing American culture. American music, food, expressions, and politics would never be the same.
2015: One hundred years later there are two big issues in America…immigration and racial inequality.
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Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series
Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, New York City
April 3 to September 7, 2015