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Jerry Pinkney's African-American Journey to Freedom


February 5th, 2010 - April 18th, 2010

Jerry Pinkney's African-American Journey to Freedom
The Seagram Collection of African-American Art

This exhibition is a stunning collection of 35 watercolor paintings by the award-winning children’s book illustrator and artist. Originally commissioned by the Seagram Distillers in the mid-1970s for use in the Seagram African-American history calendars which were distributed to the public, this exquisite collection was part of a larger donation made by Vivendi to the Schomburg Center.

The watercolors beautifully illustrate a wide range of people and events in African-American history; from the arrival of the first African indentured servants to the Great Migration to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Jerry Pinkney is the illustrator of more than 100 books for children. A five-time winner of both the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award, the Philadelphia native has been recognized with numerous other honors, taught illustration, and conducted workshops at universities across the country, and created art for the United States Postal Service's Black Heritage stamps.