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Exhibition Date

November 2023


painted Maisonite, Sintra, vinyl. Content: photographs, etchings, newspaper clippings- courtesy of Library of Congress, Alabama Department of Archives, JSU Digital Commons.


Brief summaries of the abolition movement, slavery advocate opinions, and the Civil War and Reconstruction eras are accompanied by historical images. Care was given to use vocabulary and tones that minimize the long-standing misrepresentations of the Lost Cause mythology that has pervaded historical discourse concerning the Civil War and slavery. For example, the Lost Cause mythology holds to the notion that the Civil War was fought over states’ rights and omits that it was the state’s right to slavery that was the main issue at stake. Equally important is the fact that the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in its scope and only abolished slavery in rebel holding states as the United States Army was able to occupy the land. This left the majority of African Americans not receiving freedom until the end of the Civil War and eventual passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Panel sizes: 17x18in.


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The MFA Thesis Exhibition was held in the Hammond Hall Art Gallery.