Fighters for Freedom

Three Great Abolitionists

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In this painting, Johnson honors three famous abolitionists who played an important role in the struggle against slavery. They are depicted clasping hands, with Frederick Douglass in the middle, John Brown on the left, and Abraham Lincoln on the right.
Three Great Abolitionists: A. Lincoln, F. Douglass, J. Brown
about 1945
oil on paperboard
94.9 x 87.0 cm (37 3/8 x 34 1/4 in.)
Gift of the Harmon Foundation

LOOK! THINK! IMAGINE!

Johnson called this painting Three Great Abolitionists. What is an abolitionist? Do research on the lives of Frederick Douglass or John Brown to discover what contributions they made to the abolitionist cause.

Can you identify any of the symbols Johnson has painted in the background of Three Great Abolitionists? Do any of these relate to the life of the abolitionist you chose to research? How?


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