Now This is Art
From Mutiny to Harmony
In 1938, the African-American painter Hale Woodruff was commissioned to execute murals for a new library at Alabama's Talladega College, one of this
country's first all-black colleges (founded in 1867). Woodruff produced six monumental canvases about wide-ranging aspects of black history, all
packed with agile, generously scaled figures rendered with sinuous drawing and luminous color. The first three paintings, completed in 1939, deal with
the Amistad mutiny and its aftermath as emblems of heroic African protest against slavery and New Englanders' support of the rebellious slaves'
cause; the second trio, completed in 1942, celebrates the opening of Talladega College and the construction of the library itself as paradigms of
black Americans' progress since the Civil War.
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