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The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. Acquired 1942. © 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
"During the World War there was a great migration North by Southern Negroes.”
The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. Acquired 1942. © 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
“In every town Negroes were leaving by the hundreds to go North and enter into Northern industry.”
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. David M. Levy. © 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
“Another of the social causes of the migrants’ leaving was that at times they did not feel safe...They were arrested on the slightest provocation.”
The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. Acquired 1942. © 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
“People who had not yet come North received letters from their relatives telling them of the better conditions that existed in the North.”
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art and Committee on Photography Fund.
Gordon Parks. Harlem Newsboy, Harlem, New York. 1943. Gelatin silver print, 14 1/8 × 14″.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Farm Security Administration. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY
Dorothea Lange. On the Road to Los Angeles, California. 1937. Gelatin silver print, 8 1/16 x 7 3/4″.

The Great Migration and Culture

A new exhibition at MoMA focuses on The Great Migration from the Jim Crow South to Harlem in the 1930s. We heard from listeners about their personal family connections to the movement.