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Bikers Take a Break. Sunday Afternoon in Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, Maryland, September 1973, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements

1973, printed 1982 Roland L. Freeman Born: Baltimore, Maryland 1936 gelatin silver print sheet: 11 x 13 7/8 in. (28.1 x 35.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of George H. Dalsheimer © 1973, Roland L. Freeman 1991.80.6 Not currently on view

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A back story is always featured in Freeman’s photographs, providing an implicit chronicle that links the people in his pictures with a larger narrative. Bikers Take a Break is not only an image of hip young men showing off lean bodies, it is also a reminiscence of black Baltimoreans coming together on Sunday afternoons for the beating of the drums, an informal gathering that serves as a reminder of a time in history when drumming was banned by slave owners because it kept alive the legacy of African culture.

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012


Architecture - vehicle - motorcycle

Cityscape - Maryland - Baltimore

Ethnic - African-American

Figure group - male

Landscape - park - Druid Hill Park

photography - photoprint


gelatin silver