The centerpiece of this exhibition is a five-panel work by Jacob Lawrence, an internationally renowned painter who lived in Seattle and taught as an art professor at the University of Washington. Lawrence was one of the first black visual artists to focus on African American history as the subject matter of his art.
In 1972, the state of Washington invited Lawrence to create a work. He chose to paint five panels presenting a historical narrative about George Bush, a black pioneer who, in 1844, co-founded the first permanent settlement in what is now Tumwater, Washington.
For the sake of preservation, these paintings are rarely on view. This is a terrific opportunity to see this work by the remarkable Jacob Lawrence, learn more about the artist and the story of George Bush.