Reaffirming the Dignity of Enslaved Americans
These portraits recognize the sacrifices and hardships of enslaved Africans. While history overlooks their contributions, some 12 million enslaved people were the backbone of the American economy for more than 400 years.
Each portrait is painted in oils to convey a sense of stateliness, a way to reveal the dignity of each subject; dignity enslavement was unable to steal. A short narrative accompanies each picture to tell the stories of real Americans who endured the dehumanization of chattel slavery.