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Carpooling to Emancipation

Jane Scholz | Published on 4/12/2023
Emancipation 2023
Voices members Jane Scholz, Jackie Ford, Tiffany Ramzy and Phyllis Ayers at the Emancipation Exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.

By Jane Scholz

Voices members toured an exhibition of sculpture, painting and installation art at the Amon Carter that combined 19th and 21st Century works to compare white views of Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation at the time it was issued with its meaning to African American artists today.

The exhibit, which features the works of seven contemporary artists along with 19th Century works, was inspired by the bronze statue "The Freedman," created in 1863.  Among the contemporary works, a 3D version of what the subject of "The Freedman" might look like today relaxing in an Adirondack chair in his own backyard by a sculptor from Dallas.