May 23, 2013 – August 4, 2013
Virginia Commonwealth University | School of the Arts
907 ½ West Franklin Street
From VCU Arts website:
As a young painter in New York’s Harlem community of the 1930s, Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) was intent on telling the stories of historical figures and events instrumental in the struggle for liberation from social injustice. Lawrence’s narrative impulse gave rise to multiple, sequential paintings on a single subject, for which he wrote accompanying captions. In the 31 panels making up the Harriet Tubman series, he masterfully combined image and text to recount the life of this heroic American abolitionist, who helped more than 300 slaves reach freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.