The Under-told Story of Paul Jennings, an Enslaved Man Who Helped Save George Washington’s Portrait #ArtTuesday #History
Interesting piece of art history living in the Whitehouse. From Hyperallergic:
Two centuries ago, while Paul Jennings was the enslaved footman to fourth US President James Madison, he was ordered to help preserve this painting of the national patriarch — who held between 250 to 300 enslaved individuals. Sometimes, on top of the other miseries of bondage, oppression has included being forced to uphold monuments to one’s oppressor — ensuring that they survive to amplify one version of history while minimizing others.
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