VIDEO: Wilmington Library Holds Virtual Lecture On Paintings Of Jacob Lawrence & The Great Migration

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library held a special virtual program in recognition of Juneteenth on June 19, 2021.

Between World War I and about 1970 more than 6 million African Americans left The South in what came to be known as The Great Migration. They were pulled by the lure of better jobs and pushed by the oppression of Jim Crow. The son of two of the earliest migrants, Jacob Lawrence was born in 1917 in Atlantic City. In 1940-41 he painted 60 panels depicting the realities of this migration. Thirty of those panels now call The Phillips Collection in Washington DC home.

Erica Harper, the Head of the K-12 Initiatives, gave a virtual tour of those 30 panels. Ms. Harper used those panels to help us learn more about one of the most important painters in this country’s history.

Watch the program, courtesy of the library’s YouTube channel, below:

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