The Contribution of the Negro to Democracy in America
Charles White, 1943
In 1941, the artist Charles White was awarded $2000 from the Julius Rosenwald Fellowship for an ambitious project that included the creation of Contributionof the Negro to Democracy in America. Two years later, he unveiled the mural at the Hampton Institute in Virginia.
The central figure has chains around his wrists that also loop around the necks of three other figures. But the shackles on the figure’s wrists are ready to be broken by the abolitionists: Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Turner, Denmark Vesey, Harriet Tubman and Peter Still.