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.
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.
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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