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But that changed in 1941, when Edith Halpert, a leading art dealer, featured the sixty paintings in her Downtown Gallery—a gallery that, like other New York venues, had displayed only the work of white artists. With this exhibition, Jacob Lawrence crossed over the color line, becoming the first African-American artist to gain recognition in the larger world of American art.

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Photo of Downtown Gallery, New York, showing The Migration Series
Photo of Downtown Gallery, New York, showing The Migration Series National Archives, Harmon Foundation

 
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