Lefevre James Cranstone Richmond Slave Market Auction
What is going on in this artwork? How can you tell?
Imagine you are standing in this place. What sounds do you hear? What is the mood of the room?
Compare the different figures in the painting. What similarities and differences can you note?
The transatlantic slave trade was at its peak and slavery was one of the major issues of debate between the state delegates when the new nation created the Constitution. In 1860 the debate raged on in the States and abroad. Lefevre James Cranstone worked in the United States for less than a year when he made this painting in Virginia of the second largest auction market in the South.
What does it mean to be free? Is there ever a reason for denying the rights of a specific group or groups of people?
When prejudice and racism are supported by both custom and law, what can be done to create a more inclusive society?
Exhibition sponsored by Kenneth C. Griffin
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