The Art of Black History

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  • Marilyn Nance
  • Mary Edmonia Lewis
  • Hale Aspacio Woodruff, Amistad
  • Dindga McCannon
  • Malcolm X, Gordon Parks
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Marvin Gaye, Ernie Barnes
  • Barkley Leonnard Hendricks
  • Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller
  • James Lesesne Wells
  • Charles Wilbert White

"Amistad Murals" (1938)

Artists Hale Aspacio Woodruff's murals consist of three panels documenting the capture of 53 slaves from present-day Sierra Leone in 1839. After the captives launched a revolt on board the Spanish slave ship La Amistad, they were tried before the U.S. Supreme Court and eventually won their freedom. The pieces are on display at Talladega College in Alabama. (Painting: Hale Aspacio Woodruff "Amistad" Courtesy of Talladega College)