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African Americans in Art

African Americans in Art

Bronze Bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. by John Wilson, 1985.

African Americans depicted in art in the United States Capitol and legislative buildings are listed below:

Statues

Frederick Douglass
Bronze by Steven Weitzman, 2013

Rosa Parks
Bronze by Daub and Firmin Studios, LLC, 2013

Busts

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bronze by by John Wilson, 1985.

Sojourner Truth
Bronze by by Artis Lane, 2009.

Portraits

Blanche Kelso Bruce, Senator from Mississippi
Senate Collection, oil on canvas by Simmie Lee Knox, 2001.

Shirley Chisholm, Representative from New York
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, oil on canvas by Kadir Nelson, 2008.

William L. Dawson, Chair of Government Operations, 1969–1974
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, oil on canvas by Robert Bruce Williams, 1968.

Ron Dellums, Chair of Armed Services Committee 1993–1994
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, oil on canvas by André White, 1997.

William H. Gray III, Chair of Budget Committee 1985-1988
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, oil on canvas by Simmie Lee Knox, 1996.

Augustus Hawkins, Chair of Education & Labor committee 1984–1991
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, oil on canvas by Joseph Maniscalco, 1990.

Parren Mitchell, Chair of the House Small Business Committee 1981–1986
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, photograph on canvas by Joseph D. Clipper, Jr., 1982.

Paintings

Hannibal Collins
Battle of Lake Erie, 1813, by William H. Powell, Senate Collection

Oscar Marion
General Marion Inviting a British Officer to Share his Meal, by John Blake White, Senate Collection

Murals

Ronald E. McNair
The Challenger Crew, Oil on canvas by Charles Schmidt, 1987.

Crispus Attucks
The Boston Massacre, 1770, Lunette in fresco by Constantino Brumidi, 1871.

Henry Garnet and several unidentified men
Civil Rights Bill Passes, 1866, Oil on canvas by Allyn Cox, 1974.

Unidentified man voting
"Emancipation Proclamation" vignette next to Lincoln's Second Inaugural, 1865, Oil on canvas by Allyn Cox, 1982.

Joseph H. Rainey
"The First Black Congressman" vignette next to Women's Suffrage Parade, 1917, Oil on canvas by Allyn Cox, 1982.

Memorials

Slave Labor Commemorative Marker
Commemorating the important role played by laborers, including enslaved African Americans, in building the United States Capitol, 2012.

Officer Jacob Chestnut
Chestnut-Gibson Plaque, Memorial to Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson who gave their lives defending the United States Capitol on July 24, 1998.