Poster for the 75 Years of Negro Progress Exposition, Held in Detroit, Michigan, May 10-19, 1940

Summary

Abraham Lincoln remained a powerful source of inspiration to African Americans through the early 20th century, as they struggled to realize the promise of emancipation. Lincoln's image looms large in this poster for a nine-day Exposition, which celebrated both past achievements and "new horizons of advancement." In reality, white resistance continued to hamper attempts to further African Americans' progress.

Abraham Lincoln remained a powerful source of inspiration to African Americans through the early 20th century, as they struggled to realize the promise of emancipation. Lincoln's image looms large in this poster for a nine-day Exposition, which celebrated both past achievements and "new horizons of advancement." In reality, white resistance continued to hamper attempts to further African Americans' progress.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Cardboard

Technique

Screen printing

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 22 in

Width: 14 in

Inscriptions

Printed under image: 75 Years of / 1865-1940 / Negro Progress / Exposition / Detroit * * May 1940 Printed at bottom and in upper left corner: Wisdom / Freedom / Tolerance / Enlightenment / Inter-Racial Understanding.

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