From one of my favorite artists, Archibald Motley. Oil on board 1938. Arrival at Chickasaw Bayou of the slaves of Jefferson Davis.
In 1865 more than 2 years after emancipation in 1863. A perspective on Juneteenth, our obsession with big lies, and fetish for insurrections.
I love everything about this piece. The vibrant color of liberation denied, the urgency, and, of course the kids, and their witness to truth.