SW Library Proudly Displays Rare Jacob Lawrence Art Collection

Jacob Lawrence, is one of the most well known African American Artists,

On a Tuesday evening in late May 2012, a standing room only crowd packed into the on Cascade Road to see a very rare treat up-close and personal.

It is not widely known that one of the great treasures of African-American art and art in general, lies right here on Cascade Rd.  Jacob Lawrence is the preeminent black artist of the 20th century, and we are lucky to live so close to such a collection that Southwest Library now owns and proudly displays.

The John Brown Series is a collection of paintings depicting the life, triumph, and death of abolitionist John Brown.  The colors and the style of the work shows off Jacob Lawrence's brilliance and vision, at the same time as it educates the viewer about a subject that is hardly discussed;White abolitionist helping to fight against slavery.

Individuals and families need only to walk into the library to see this work.  I encourage all of our readers to just stop by your local library and say hello and see what treasures are right here hanging on the walls. 

ps- They have air condition, so this could be a great summer outing!

M Jackson May 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Dr. Tate, the evenings speaker, was marvelous. Very informative and engaging, even with the children in the audience. Wonderful event and a great learning opportunity for all ages.
CDAW May 31, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Thank you for bringing this collection to our community. Please continue to reach out and share the knowledge and exposure.
Erica B. June 01, 2012 at 03:46 AM
This talk was excellent and the collection is one that everyone should come and see! I feel very blessed and I'm very proud to be apart of this community.


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