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Billy Lee: Portrait in Tar
Providing History Paintings an African American Voice

Reimaging Traditions

Expanding the Landscape

Who else can we include in history?


In addition to rethinking how history is told, African American artists have expanded who is pictured in traditional history paintings. They have inserted people of color into leading roles in historical images, portraits, and monuments. While many people of color remained overlooked by scholars throughout history, these artists have empathically developed a more compete look into our past.

In More Depth
Kehinde Wiley
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