An Incident in Contemporary American Life by Mitchell Jamieson

     

An Incident in Contemporary American Life by Mitchell Jamieson

Before World War II, Secretary of the Interior, Harold Ickes commissioned Jamieson to paint a mural for the new Interior Building depicting the Marian Anderson concert on the National Mall entitled “An Incident in Contemporary American Life”.  Ickes and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt had organized this concert after Marian Anderson was denied singing at Constitution Hall due to the color of her skin.  In the mural, Jamieson concentrates on the crowd, even giving us portraits of individuals that we would be standing next to, straining to hear the concert which inaugurated the use of the Lincoln Memorial as a sight for civil rights protests. 

Image Number: WEB11375-2010
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