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Amistad Captives Leave America

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In 1938, Hale Aspacio Woodruff - a highly respected artist - produced a series of murals depicting the African-American experience.  Talladega College commissioned him to do this work.

Woodruff thereafter began his work on a series of three panels describing three aspects of the Amistad story:   The mutiny, the trial and the return of the victims to their homeland.

This image depicts Woodruff's oil-on-canvas which imagines how the Amistad captives may have appeared when they were finally able to leave America.  In the meantime, they had endured capture, a Middle-Passage crossing, imprisonment, a trial and a Supreme-Court case during which a former U.S. President (John Quincy Adams) argued on their behalf.

The three-part mural, which is home-based at Talladega College, has been restored and exhibited in various U.S. cities.

Click on the image for a much-better view.

 

Media Credits

Image of a panel of Hale Woodruff's "Rising Up" mural which he painted for Talladega College.  Image online, via Wikimedia Commons.  PD

 

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