In 1938, Hale Woodruff (1900-1980) accepted a commission to paint a series of murals for Talladega College, one of the nation's first colleges established for blacks after the Civil War. Installed in the institution's newly constructed Savery Library, the six murals portray newsworthy events in the rise of blacks in America from slavery to freedom. The murals were swiftly adopted as a statement of pride in race as well as artistic achievement. Today they stand out as provocative and relevant symbols of the centuries-long struggle for civil and human rights.
Hardcover, 155 pages.