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George W. White, Jr.
Emancipation House
oil on wood, cloth, paper, and found objects
19 1/2 x 23 1/4 x 18 1/2 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Texan George White often used stereotypical images and exaggeration to express his experiences as a southern black man. The illustration of Abraham Lincoln's inauguration and the men at work on the roof of the humble log cabin in Emancipation House prompt thoughts about African American life long after the Emancipation Proclamation. Although no longer functional, a light bulb originally illuminated the interior and an electric motor activated the rooftop figures.