Reaffirming the dignity of enslaved Americans
Unstolen Dignity recognizes the contributions of enslaved Africans like Brady through the beauty of art and narrative. The project calls for the creation of 25 oil portraits. Each painting is designed to show an enslaved person in a dignified light. The goal is to foster a national conversation about the impact of slavery on the wealth of the United States while reaffirming the dignity of enslaved people.
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The Unstolen Dignity crowdfunding campaign is raising money to offset the cost of creating and exhibiting the 25 oil portraits. The paintings will be displayed in galleries around the country. A coffee-table book also will be developed from the project. Donations can be made at https://igg.me/at/unstolendignity
Black history month exhibit
Wes Brady lived a life of hard labor. Born enslaved in the 1850s, he would work other people’s land long after his emancipation and up to the time of his death in the early 20th Century.
“I was born and raised in Harrison County, (Texas) and I was 88 years old this July past and has wore myself out here in this county,” he told a reporter for the U.S. Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Project in the 1930s.
An oil portrait of Brady is part of a Black History Month exhibition of paintings by artist Ladale Lloyd at the Robert W. Saunders Sr. Library in Tampa.
Brady’s portrait is one of the first 10 paintings in a new series called Unstolen Dignity. The project recognizes the contributions of enslaved Africans through the beauty of art and narrative.
Each painting shows an enslaved person in a dignified light. The goal is to foster a national conversation about the impact of slavery on the wealth of the United States while reaffirming the dignity of enslaved people. The paintings are on display throughout February. An artist reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 5 at the library, 1505 N. Nebraska, Ave., Tampa, FL 33602. The public is invited.
The exhibit coincides with a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to offset the cost of creating the paintings and exhibiting them around the country. A future coffee-table book will showcase prints and a narrative about each portrait. Information about campaign and donations can be found at https://igg.me/at/unstolendignity
Ladale Lloyd is a Florida-based artist specializing in oil portraiture, Florida landscape paintings and photography. An award-winning artist, his works are included in public and private collections. He is also a former journalist and teacher.