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1. Woods, Naurice. "Visualizing the Blue, Gray, and Black: Illustrating African American Participation in the Civil War" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA, Oct 04, 2011 <Not Available>. 2019-04-21 <>
Publication Type: Individual Paper
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: I have recently completed a manuscript entitled, When Jim Crow Stood by Uncle Sam: A Narrative History of the African American Struggle for Equality in the Segregated United States Armed Forces. Using my background as an artist and historian, I decided to create the illustrations for the book rather than use stock period photographs, most of which have been overused in related publications. As a result, my chapter on the Civil War contains 15 museum quality, one-sixth scale, figurative interpretations of the African American participation in that conflict including a contraband receiving a Union uniform, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass in discussion in the White House, a mounted trooper in the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry (Colored), Mary Elizabeth Bowser in Jefferson Davis’ office in Richmond, Stonewall Jackson and his personal servant, Jim Lewis, and a black confederate soldier. My presentation will included a discussion on the importance of chronicling African American military history, how and why the figures were selected, the process of creating them, and how art can be integrated fully in the teaching of African American history. Sample illustrations are available on request.

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