“Jacob Lawrence and The Legend of John Brown” Art Series Displayed At Rochester College

During the month of February, Rochester College’s Ham Library will present a traveling display of artwork by notable African American artist Jacob Lawrence.

The display, titled “Jacob Lawrence and The Legend of John Brown,” includes digitized images of the original 22 silkscreen prints, as well as informational text that puts the art into its historical context. Lawrence produced this print series in 1977, conveying the story of the abolitionist fighter John Brown through powerful graphic imagery.

“Both Jacob Lawrence and John Brown were important personalities in American history and culture,” said Director of Library Services Allie Keller. “ ‘Jacob Lawrence and The Legend of John Brown’ is a fitting display to have on Rochester’s campus as we celebrate Black History Month. I hope the community takes time to view and reflect on this wonderful art exhibit.”

The Wayne State University Art Collection owns the original prints of this collection, and the traveling display is available for booking at Michigan libraries and non-profit institutions.

No admission will be charged to view the display. It will be exhibited in the lobby of Rochester College’s Richardson Academic Center, located at 800 West Avon, Rochester Hills, MI, 48307.

By Emilie Vinson