Epitaph for Emancipation

Racial equality, social justice, all men are created equal America's history, tangled roots

36" x 48" x 1.5" Synthetic polymer, resin, preserved plant material, copper wire, ash, glass, rusted metal, china marker on double plexi panel and birch support, steel frame

“…forever free.” Influenced by Walt Whitman's eulogy to Abraham Lincoln, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" and the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln's controversial landmark document freeing the enslaved human beings in the Union and Confederate States. For many enslaved Black people, the promise of death, of escaping the tortures suffered at the hands of White slave owners, was the only true Freedom. Emancipation was a short-time lived. Soon, politicians destroyed the possibilities of Reconstruction and equality for emancipated Blacks, and while "slavery" officially ended, Jim Crow laws, discrimination, penal codes, segration, hate crimes, terrorism, prohibiting Black from voting, owning property, getting a good education.... All served to further enslave American citizens because of the color of their skin.