(US) Americans of Negro Lineage

Mapmaker: Jefferson, Louise E.

(US) Americans of Negro Lineage


  • ~Catalog 57~
  • Americans of Negro Lineage

    She was one of the founding members of the Harlem Artists Guild, and the daughter of a calligrapher for the US Treasury Dept. A skilled artist who always had her camera on hand, she worked in various capacities, including doing posters during the war era. This map she did for the National Council of Churches publishing arm, the Friendship Press shows the contributions and challenges of African-Americans. The map includes historic and contemporary vignettes from the Blacks that accompanied the Spanish conquistadors to the Nicholas Brothers and Lena Horne in Hollywood. An inset map of the nation in the lower left shows "Negro Population..." from state to state. Astride the top of the map in the center is inventor George Washington Carver, with images of other notable such as Booker T. Washington, Paul Laurence Dunbar, as well as Marian Anderson and W.E.B. DuBois.

    The surrounding border is a list of names of authors, musicians, political figures, and spans from Nat Turner to Duke Ellington. A rare and telling pictorial map that shows the scope of the Black perspective at the time.

    Condition is good, with some minor loss on the corner folds, marginal repairs, and marginal tape stain. Image size is approximately 28 x 38 (inches)