Black Artistry Among the Civil War

In the middle of a war centering their humanity and right to freedom, Black artists planned exhibitions.

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In 1863, as the Civil War was being fought on battlefields across the country, with a nation at war over the its future and the fate of chattel slavery, two free Black men planned an art exhibition that would travel the north, en route to the nation’s capital. Featuring pieces from their own carefully curated collections of art, William Henry Dorsey and Edward M. Thomas were creating not only a celebration of Black artistry, but boldly declaring that they would not be stifled by the indignities of the current moment.

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