Important Events and Dates in Negro History [Lois Mailou Jones, artist].
Striking broadside calendar of important dates in African American history illustrated by Harlem Renaissance-influenced artist Lois Mailou Jones and with brief notices of events commemorated on select dates:
January 1. Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln, 1863. The Liberator first issued by William Lloyd Garrison, 1831. Haiti declared its independence, 1804. ... February 14. Frederick Douglass’s “Birthday.” ... February 28. Phillis Wheatley, Negro writer of verse, invited by George Washington to visit him, 1776. ... June 10. Richard Allen started independent African Methodist movement, 1794. ... July 17. The arming of Negroes approved by Congress. ... October 7. William Still, Negro abolitionist and agent of the Underground Railroad, born, 1821. Juan Latino, Spanish Negro poet, wrote Latin poem in celebration of the Battle of Lepanto, 1571. ... November 26. Sara Grimké, South Carolina anti-slavery worker, born, 1792. ... December 18. Thirteenth Amendment declared ratified, 1865. ...
The broadside was derived from and designed to accompany the book The African Background Outlined, or Handbook for the Study of the Negro (1936) by African American historian Carter Godwin Woodson (1875–1950), Director of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in Washington, D.C., and the “father of black history.”
The artwork—a mural-like panoramic depiction of African American achievement—was done by Lois Mailou Jones (1905–1998), who often illustrated works by Woodson’s Associated Publishers. The broadside’s ornamental border incorporating African design motifs reflects her background in textile design.
Description: Important Events and Dates in Negro History [Lois Mailou Jones, artist].
Washington, D.C.: Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, [1936, but likely c.1950s–1960s; a separate issue¹]. Illustrated Broadside. 24¾ x 18½ inches. Printed in three columns within ornamental border. Illustration signed at lower right, “Lois M. Jones.” A near fine example, unfolded.
Note. 1. The broadside was advertised variously as a poster a calendar, and table. The first issue in 1936 measures 27¼ x 19¼ inches. This separate issue measures 24¾ x 18½ inches and is printed on different paper stock. The poster was advertised for sale in trade publications in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The last date we find is a 1967 advert in The Journal of the National Education Association and giving its measurements of 24 x 19 inches. The 2019 Swann Sale 2503:280 ($2,000) described a poster with identical measurements to ours (24¾ x 18½ inches) as a separate issue, but gave 1936 as its publication date. Provenance: From the estate of a long-time bookseller who purchased the poster directly from its publisher in the mid-1980s.