The 1920's... The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots
34 3/8 x 26 in. (87.3 x 66 cm)
(Atlantic City, NJ, 1917 - 2000, Seattle, WA)
Medium and Support:
Gift of Lorillard, New York
Location: Not currently on view
Ives-Sillman, New Haven, CT
Lorillard, New York
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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