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As a young boy he moved many times. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he first moved to Easton, Pennsylvania. When Jacob was seven, his mother took the children to Philadelphia. While she worked many jobs, they stayed with foster families.

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Link: Jacob as a boy with his mother

Jacob Lawrence, with his mother, brother William, and sister Geraldine in 1923.

Courtesy of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Photographer: unknown, from Lawrence family photographs.

© Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence. Courtesy of the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation

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