Plywood panel from a mural at Resurrection City

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Created by
Unidentified
Subject of
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
X, Malcolm, American, 1925 - 1965
Poor People's Campaign, American, 1967 - 1968
Medium
oil paint and ink on plywood
Dimensions
H x W x D: 75 × 48 × 1/2 in. (190.5 × 121.9 × 1.3 cm)
Type
mural paintings
Place used
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date
1968
Description
Eleventh (11) of twelve (12) painted plywood panels from the Resurrection City mural that was created and displayed in the encampment on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 1968. Depicted on this panel is a variety of text painted in green, red, and yellow paint, including "MY LORD / MY SAVIOR / MARTIN LUTHER KING", "Freedom or Death", "Malcolm" and "KANO." Some phrases and sentences are split between this panel and the panels to its left and right, including text in green paint: "POVERTY'S/ CHILD [line] / SMALL HOUSE / NO WORK FOR MY FAMILY / BORN TO THIS FOODLESS FATE / I WOULD TELL YOU WITH WORDS / THAT I'M DYING / BUT NOTHIN'S LEFT TO ME / NOT EVEN CRYING". This segment is from the lower right corner, second from the right.
Topic
African American
Activism
Art
Black power
Freedom
Justice
Local and regional
Men
Poverty
Race relations
Resistance
United States--History--1961-1969
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vincent DeForest
Object number
2012.110.11
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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Classification
Visual Arts
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture