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The Migration Series, Panel no. 3: From every southern town migrants left by the hundreds to travel north.

Jacob Lawrence ( between 1940 and 1941 )

A group of people, carrying their belongings, traveling north.
  • Period Twentieth-Century
  • Materials Casein tempera on hardboard
  • Object Number 1153
  • Dimensions 12 x 18 in.; 30.48 x 45.72 cm.
  • Credit Line Acquired 1942; © 2022 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Excerpts taken from Elizabeth Hutton Turner’s interview with Jacob Lawrence, October 1993, transcript in The Phillips Collection Archives:

Jacob Lawrence: Well just take the word migration, [it] means movement from one place to another. So I have a symbol of movement: the train, people carrying sacs and bags and suitcases, the railroad stations, probably there were more bus stations than railroad stations at that time. So right away you get the feeling, I get the feeling of movement, which has always been a very beautiful thing to me both in content and in formalistic terms. There’s a forward, I think in terms of something moving forward not something retrogressing.

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