Jacob Lawrence's migration series is succession of sixty painting, made of tempera on board and measuring 12 by 18 inches each. The panels have captions that help tell the story of what in US history is called the "Great Migration" Today we take a look at the art that captured more then 6 million African Americans leaving mostly rural south and moved to the mostly urban North back in 1910.
Amid the McCarthy hearings and the launch of the civil rights movement in the 1950s, painter Jacob Lawrence sought to frame early American history the way he saw it. His ensuing work, the sprawling series “Struggle,” has been reassembled and is now on a national tour, with its first stop at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts. Special correspondent Jared Bowen of WGBH visits the exhibit.