These were real people with amazing courage and grace. You can see it in their faces..their eyes. The artist has overlaid quotes, text and other media representation from the time. I sensed that these paintings were the work of her soul... honoring these heroic people... To fully understand the injustice that they acted against, in a peaceful manner, made me wonder if I could be as courageous under those circumstances. To be arrested and jail for peaceful assembly...respectfully riding a bus..
"In the spring and summer of 1961,...four hundred and fifty people-old and young, black and white, Northern and Southern- came togetrher to travel from Washington, D.C., through the Deep South defying the Jim Crow laws and putting their beliefs, even their lives on the line in defense of racial justice...their harrowing, horrifying and ultimately heroic story- (is) a tale of sacrifice, high drama, and unexpected triumph....a disparate band of volunteers expanded the realm of the possible in American politics, redefining the limits of dissent and setting the stage for the Civil Rights movement: all by taking a ride on a bus"
-Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle For Racial Justice
The exhibit is here in Pottstown until October 20th....a must see....
The hours areTuesday-Friday 10-5 and Saturday from 10-3