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Art for Justice

December 3, 2020–September 5, 2021
The Wolfsonian–FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue

The case of the "Scottsboro boys"—nine Black youths falsely accused of rape in Alabama in 1931—ignited an international campaign to save them from the electric chair. The Communist Party U.S.A. took up their legal defense, organized mass demonstrations, and published pamphlets and magazines exposing the brutality of white supremacy. Art for Justice featured an original manuscript of linoleum-cut prints illustrating the Scottsboro Boys' story within the longer arc of racial injustice and resistance in the U.S., as well as other artwork and publications dedicated to the struggle for civil rights in the 1930s.