Chain Gang

Here is a piece titled Chain Gang by William H. Johnson that can be found in the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.. 

The painting depicts 3 African American individuals who are obviously imprisoned.  There faces tell stories of brokenness, depression, and discontent. It reminded me much of the film clips we watched in class on 2/25 of the prisoners singing call and response. Although, at the time the picture was painted, all people were considered free, but not all people were considered equal. Many African Americans were wrongly accused and unjustly tried because of their skin color. This piece shows a brief clip into the history that the men portrayed might have lived.

http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/h/images/harlem_whjohnson_chaingang_lg.jpg

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