Janet Jackson

Artist

"Innocence vs. Jim Crow"

This painting features two boys. On the right is Don Wood, and on the left is
Charlie Catlett. Charlie’s family sharecropped on Don’s grandfather’s farm in
Hopkinsville, Kentucky around 1942, and they were best friends. At this time
segregation, socially as well as educationally, was “just the way it is” in the
south. After beginning their education in separate schools they had no more
real contact until a chance encounter while playing baseball when they were
10 or 12 years old. Don remarks that to this day Charlie Catlett (deceased now)
was the fastest person he ever saw, an incredible baseball player – a real man
among boys. This image says “together” and yet “separate”.

Acrylic
36" x 48"

 

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