Research: The Negro Motorist

As I was researching and drawing the story of Bessie Stringfield I ran across The Green Book. It was a book used by black people when traveling during Jim Crow era. It would list places where it was safe to stay, eat and stop for gas if you were black.

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Bessie Stringfield

I have some tweaking to do, but I am really into these colors.
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Tales of The Talented Tenth #2

Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth #1 went to press this week, so I began working on #2. Here is a sketch of the cover.

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Joel Christian Gill: Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History (Fulcrum, 2014)

joelchristiangill:

I am ever humbled by what people write about Strange Fruit. Thank you.

Originally posted on A Just Recompense:

As an undergrad, I had researched some ideas for paintings based on lynching photographs. Now, I felt was the time to follow through. I listened to the song “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday, based on the poem by Abel Meeropol, and I decided to call my paintings “Strange Fruit Harvested: He Cut the Rope,” showing me with a noose around my neck, holding the frayed end. I was trying to say that I was in some ways freed from the fear that had plagued my father and grandfather. However, I also wanted to convey that because the rope was still there, we still had a ways to go.
What does this have to do with black history, you might ask?… I wanted to tell stories – sometimes great and sometimes tragic – of other people who were also able to “cut the rope.” So, I began to research and draw…

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A comic about Saturday morning 1984.

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Finished Bass Reeves working on Bessie Stringfield

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Now that Bass is mostly complete I am on to the next Tale. Tales of the Talented Tenth #2 will tell the story of #BessieStringfield  a motorcyclist and mail currier for the US army. She was known as the Negro Motorcycle  Queen.

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Today’s schedule.

First stop lecture at Google.
Then WBUR 90.9 interview Radio Boston. Then Harvard Book Store signing tonight at 7pm. #busy
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