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Jacob Lawrence
The Library
1960
tempera
24 x 29 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.



Absorbed in books and magazines, the readers in Lawrence's library seek knowledge in a community setting. Two figures have selected books with illustrations of black subjects, an allusion to African Americans studying their heritage, as well as to the historical and political research Lawrence conducted for his own paintings.