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Lawrence exhibit at Peabody Essex displays struggles of democracy

Jacob Lawrence, Panel 27. . . . for freedom we want and will have, for we have served this cruel land long enuff . . . —A Georgia Slave, 1810, 1956. From Struggle Series, 1954–56 Egg tempera on hardboard 11 3/4 × 15 5/8 in. (29.8 × 39.7 cm) Private Collection © The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. (Courtesy Photo)
SALEM — What is the cost of democracy for all? That question has never been more relevant than it is today, with the 2020 elections looming and the impeachment trial of the president of the United States about to begin. Jacob Lawrence, perhaps America’s most significant black artist, asked the same question in the late…

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