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Marcus Garvey

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Marcus Garvey

24 1/16 x 18 1/16 in. (61.1 x 45.9 cm)

Luvon Sheppard
United States

Object Type: Drawing
Medium and Support: Ink wash on paper
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1971.11
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Location: Not currently on view

Now a professor of art at RIT, Luvon Sheppard was MAG’s coordinator of neighborhood services when he drew this portrait of the controversial Jamaican orator and activist. Marcus Garvey was perhaps best known for founding the Back-to-Africa movement, which called for a return of the African diaspora to its ancestral homelands. He famously feuded with W. E. B. DuBois, another activist and the first African American to graduate from Harvard, who described him unsympathetically as “a little, fat black man; ugly, but with intelligent eyes and a big head.”

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

Haiti Environmental Black Gallery, Rochester NY; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1970

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Frederick Douglass MAG webpage with links to Frederick Douglass and African-American experience resources at MAG
It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013

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