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Posted on: March 4, 2022

Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South

Chasing Me to My Grave

by Winfred Rembert; foreword by Bryan Stephenson

The art is this stunning book depicts vivid scenes from the cotton fields and chain gangs of the segregated south to the churches and night clubs of the urban north as it tells of a self-taught artist's odyssey from Jim Crow era Georgia to the Yale Art Gallery. Winfred Rembert grew up as a field hand on a Georgia plantation. He embraced the Civil Rights Movement, endured political violence, survived a lynching, and spent seven years in prison on a chain gang. Years later, seeking a fresh start at the age of 52, he discovered his gift and vision as an artist, and using leather tooling skills he learned in prison, started etching and painting scenes from his youth. Rembert’s art has been profiled in the New York Times. Don’t miss it.

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