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 webmaster@crmvet.org.

See also Charlotta Janssen Paintings

Public Art

 

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


Mission Street Mural, San Francisco

 

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


The Return Of The Soldier by Charles White. 1946

 

Awaken from the Unknowing, by Charles White. 1946

 

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

 

Walking, Charles Henry Alston. 1958

 

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

 

Racism/Incident at Little Rock
Domingo Ulloa, 1957

Soldiers and Students, by Jacob Lawrence. 1962

 

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


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

 

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

 

March poster by Clara Lang-Ezekiel, 2020.


Ella Baker, NAACP, SCLC, SNCC
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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


Dream, by Michael Florin Dente. Portland Oregon


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


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.

 

Freedom Now!
Artist: W. Smith, 1966


Unite by Barbara Jones-Hogu

 

Oretha Castle Haley, New Orleans CORE
Artist: Jessica Strahan


 

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


 

 

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.

 

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.

International


 

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

 

Mississippi Freedom Labor Union (MFLU)

 

 

 

 

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