Civil Rights Movement
The Freedom Movement in Art

This page is for art works related to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950-1960s. Please send images of Civil Rights Movement art to

Freedom Movement Art in Public Spaces

Freedom Movement Paintings, Drawings, & Sculpture

Martin Luther King Memorials & Art

Freedom Movement Drawings of Frank Cieciorka

Freedom Movement Posters

Charlotta Janssen Paintings


Freedom Movement Art in Public Spaces


Mrs. Fannie Lee Chaney (mother of James Chaney)
Alabama Street, San Francisco
Shepard Fairey, 2016

Mission Street Mural, San Francisco


The Clinton 12
First students to desegregate a state-supported high school in the South
Sculptor: William F. (Bill) Duffy, 2007
Green McAdoo Cultural Center & Museum
Clinton, Tennessee (USA).


Testament by John and Kathy Deering
Little Rock, 2005

The Greensboro Four, Technical State University
Sculptor not identified.


Albany Civil Rights Memorial
Charles Sherrod Civil Rights Park, Albany, GA
Sculptor not identified.


John Lewis, SNCC
Atlanta street mural
Artist: Sean Garrett

We Shall Always March Ahead
(L to R) Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Coretta King, John Lewis
Atlanta street mural
Artist: Muhammad Yungai


Ruby Doris Robinson Smith, SNCC
Atlanta street mural
Artist: Charmaine Minniefield

Atlanta street mural
Artist: Charmaine Minniefield


Ella Baker
Poor Peoples Campaign banner
Created by Phoebe Rotter of Black Lives Matter
Vermont 2018

The Three Pioneers, by Martin Dawe. 2019
Ford Greene, Ralph Long, Lawrence Williams
First Black students Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

The First Graduate, by Martin Dawe
Honoring Ronald Yancey, first Black graduate
Georgia Institute of Technology


Frank Smith, one of the architects if the Atlanta Student Movement and a founding Member of SNCC. By the Atlanta Student Movement Mural Project.


Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, Richmond VA
Stanely Bleifeld, 2009

Barbara Johns & Moton High student strikers
Stanely Bleifeld, 2009
Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, Richmond VA


Mural Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Artist: Not identified
Birmingham, AL

Foot Soldiers of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement
Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, Alabama
Sculptor: Not identified

Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, Alabama
Sculptor: Not identified


Detail of above.


The Kneeling Ministers by Raymond Kasky.
Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, Alabama Rev. John Porter, Rev. Nelson Smith Jr, Rev. A.D. King
Just before being arrested, April 7, 1963


Civil Rights Movement by Kalammeh

Birmingham Jail 1963. Joe Minter.


Mural near National Civil Rights Museum
Memphis, TN
Artist: Not identified.

National Civil Rights Museum
Sculptor: StudioEIS


National Civil Rights Museum, Lorraine Motel
Artist: Not identified

Civil Rights Martyrs Memorial, by Maya Lin. 1989
Southern Poverty Law Center
Montgomery, AL

Mural commemorating "Bloody Sunday," artist unidentified
Building at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge
Selma, AL

A Mighty Walk From Selma. Sunny Paulk and Corey Spearman. 2015
186 Lee St, Montgomery AL.


Wells Fargo Civil Rights mural, 2014
Artist: Vincent Morgan
Montgomery, AL

Wells Fargo Civil Rights mural, Memphis TN. Artist: Not identified


Street mural, artist unidentified
Philadelphia, PA

Three-panel mural in Jacksonville FL about the "Ax-Handle Saturday" sit-in of 1960
By Nicole Holderbaum.


NAACP Leader Rutledge Pearson
Jacksonville, FL.
By Nicole Holderbaum, shown with the students who
helped her create the mural.


NAACP Leaders Rodney Hurst and Rutledge Pearson
duPont Center, Jacksonville, FL
by Celso Gonzalez of Puerto Rico

St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Monument
Brian Owens, 2011
St. Augustine, FL

Mural, Alabama State University, Montgomery. Artist: Not identified

Dream, by Michael Florin Dente. Portland Oregon

The Chain Breakers by Sabrina Howard. COFO Bldg. Jackson, Mississippi
L-R: Alyce Clarke, Fannie Lou Hamer, Bob Moses
Rose Robinson, Louise Marshall, Albert Powell

Hosea Williams (SCLC) Mural ~ Atlanta GA.
Artist: Not identified.


Tribute to Freedom Riders and CORE leaders Jerome Smith and Dodie Smith-Simmons. New Orleans RTA bus, 2021
Artists: Ceaux Young, Taylor Ashby, Cierra Johnson and Camron Irvin


Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth (left), Dr. Martin Luther King (below). The SCLC Memorial Walkway Pavilion in Central New Orleans (near church where SCLC was founded in 1957). By artist Jessica Strahan


Septima Clark Mural, College of Charleston.


Un(re)solved: Say their names. Know their stories Touring installation using augmented-reality to bring civil rights era killings, often racist murders, out of the shadows of the past. Tribeca Film Festival installation. 2021.


James Farmer memorial, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg VA.


Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, Atlanta GA


Mural honoring Deacons for Defense and Justice
Port Gibson, Mississippi


Daisy Bates, NAACP
To be placed in the Staturary Hall
U.S. Congress building

Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, 2021
by Eddie Mendieta, Nate Dee, Dahlia Perryman, and Tracy Guiteau
West Palm Beach, Florida
L-R: Fannie Lou Hamer, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, Harriet Tubman,
John Lewis, Kathleen Neal Cleaver, and Ella Baker.


Freedom Movement Paintings, Drawings, & Sculpture

The Return Of The Soldier by Charles White. 1946


Awaken from the Unknowing, by Charles White. 1946



Walking, Charles Henry Alston. 1958



Racism/Incident at Little Rock
Domingo Ulloa, 1957

Soldiers and Students, by Jacob Lawrence. 1962


The Golden Rule, Norman Rockwell, 1961.
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA


The Problem We All Live With, Norman Rockwell. 1964.


Based on the sign in the Hattiesburg MS voter registration office.
Artist: Unidentified.

We March for Civil Rights, by Tuwanda Harmon. 2013


Stand up for the Freedom Democrats

MFDP or SNCC poster
Artist name illegible.



Claudette Colvin
Artist: Not identified
Elizabeth Street, New York City


Rosa Parks
Artist: Lava Thomas
Mugshot Portraits: Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott


Jo Ann Robinson
Artist: Lava Thomas
Mugshot Portraits: Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott


Teacher & Civil rights leader Septima Clark
NAACP, SCLC, Highlander
Artist: not identified.


Drawing of Septima Clark teaching literacy in citizenship classes
Artist: Not identified

Emmett Till: How She Sent Him and How She Got Him Back
Lisa Whittington 2012. Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
Jackson, Mississippi


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Mohandas Gandhi
by Robert Templeton. 1968.


Freedom Now!
Artist: W. Smith, 1966

Unite by Barbara Jones-Hogu


Oretha Castle Haley, New Orleans CORE
Artist: Jessica Strahan



"We Shall Overcome"
Artist & date unknown.


Maya Angelou, by Stan Herd. 2022.
Atlanta's Freedom Park.


Homage To My Young Black Sisters, Elizabeth Catlett. 1968


Fill the Jails, by Claire O'Connor. 2014
Freedom Rider mug shots
Collection of Claude LeFrambois, Montreal Quebec


Painting & poem created by Freedom School teacher Bill Light in Starkville MS, 1964


The Prints of Elizabeth Catlett


Crusaders for Justice
(Thurgood Marshal)


I Have Studied in Ever Increasing Numbers


I Have Special Reservations

My Role Has Been Important in the
Struggle to Organize the Unorganized


My Reward Has Been Bars


Civil Rights Congress

And a Special Fear for My Loved Ones

The Art of Clara Lang-Ezekiel


John Lewis, SNCC
by Clara Lang-Ezekiel, 2020
(High-res version suitable for poster-printing
available at the artist's website.)


March poster by Clara Lang-Ezekiel, 2020.


Gloria Richardson, SNCC.
Drawn by Clara Lang-Ezekiel for Womens History Month series, 2021.


Martin Luther King Memorials & Art


Martin Luther King National Historic Site, Atlanta
Artist: Louis Delsarte


Martin Luther King National Historic Site, Atlanta
Artist: Louis Delsarte


Homage to King, Atlanta, GA. 1996
Sculptor: Xavier Medina Campeny
Gift from the Spanish host city of the 1992 Summer Olympics to
the host of the 1996 Summer Olympics.


Martin Luther King Memorial, San Francisco, CA
Sculptor Houston Conwill, Poet Estella Majoza and Architect Joseph De Pace.


Out of the Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope
MLK Memorial, Washington DC. 2011


Bust of Martin Luther King by John Woodrow Wilson
United States Capitol rotunda.
Washington, DC.



Statue of Martin Luther King, Mexico City.


Martin Luther King Street
Liberty Bell Park, Jerusalem, Israel.

Dr. Martin Luther King.
Imo state Nigeria


Movement Drawings of Frank Cieciorka, SNCC


Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer
As printed in The Movement newspaper


Mississippi Freedom Labor Union (MFLU)


[See also Frank Cieciorka's, The Rape of Lady Liberty ~ A Discussion for more information about and commentary on his work.]


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