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The 1920's... The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots

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The 1920's... The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots

34 3/8 x 26 in. (87.3 x 66 cm)

Jacob Lawrence
United States (Atlantic City, NJ, 1917 - 2000, Seattle, WA)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color serigraph
Credit Line: Gift of Lorillard, New York
Accession Number: 1975.120.8
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Location: Not currently on view
Artists Proofs: 15
Printer: Ives-Sillman, New Haven, CT
Publisher: Lorillard, New York
Portfolio: Kent Bicentennial Portfolio: "Spirit of Independence"

In 1975, Jacob Lawrence and twelve other artists were asked to respond to the question, "What does independence mean to me?" The prints made by the artists comprise the Kent Bicentennial Portfolio: Spirit of Independence, commissioned in honor of the American Bicentennial.

Jacob Lawrence's parents migrated from the south to New York City, so the theme of migration was one that had great meaning to his personal history. He said, "During the post World War I period millions of black people left southern communities in the United States and migrated to northern cities. This migration reached its peak during the 1920's. Among the many advantages the migrants found in the north was the freedom to vote. In my print, migrants are represented expressing that freedom."

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The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots A guided look at this object, including references to Rochester innovations in voting technology.
In Motion: the African-American Migration Experience Created by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, this website includes images, textual material, and lesson plans related to the the Great Migration.
Jacob Lawrence: Over the Line In conjunction with the exhibition Jacob Lawrence: Over the Line at the Phillips Collection, this website explores the life and work of Jacob Lawrence. Teaching Resources and artwork by children inspired by Lawrence are also included in this website.
Jacob Lawrence: the Migration Series Interactive website for teachers and students focusing on Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series, from the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC

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