Virtual Fighters for Freedom Juneteenth Conversation

Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 7 – 8pm EDT
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Explore how artist William H. Johnson depicted the history behind the fight for freedom and the abolition of slavery in the United States in this exciting virtual talk. SAAM’s Augusta Savage Curator of African American Art, Dalila Scruggs, will moderate a conversation between Hampton University Art Museum Curator of Collections, Kenlontae’ Turner, and SAAM’s Teacher Institutes Educator, Phoebe Hillemann, as they discuss two key works on loan from the Hampton University Art Museum, as well as other works featured in SAAM’s Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice exhibition.

Learn about the role SAAM and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), like Hampton University, have played in preserving William H. Johnson’s work as well as the connections between the subjects of Johnson’s Fighters for Freedom series and the history and celebration of Juneteenth.

Image credit: William H. Johnson, Three Great Freedom Fighters, ca. 1945, oil on paperboard, Collection of the Hampton University Museum


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Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice
March 8, 2024September 10, 2024
William H. Johnson's Fighters for Freedom series from the mid-1940s is a tribute to African American activists, scientists, teachers, and performers as well as international leaders working to bring peace to the world.