Migration panel 18. The migration gained in momentum.

The Great Migration began to gain attention during the 1940’s due to a surge of jobs in manufacturing arms and munitions industries. Opportunities North were progressively increasing in addition to African American  populations. By 1940, an estimated 1.5 million African Americans had left the south to build new lives in the north. World War II lead to a second wave of migration: a migration Lawrence was alive to witness; therefore leading to the incorporation and merging of events, both past and present in the series as evident in this panel.
SKU: 65193
Creator: Jacob Lawrence
Date: 1940-41
Original Medium: Tempera on gesso on composition board
Original Size: 18 x 12 in
Location: Museum of Modern Art, NY
© 2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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