Jacob Lawrence was born September 7, 1917 Atlantic city New Jersey U.S- died June 9. 2000 in Seattle, Washington. Lawrence had a thought life his mother had divorced with his father. He dropped out of high school and had to get a job to support his his family. 1937 he put his work in the gallery and people loved his art work and was a African American leader. His mother enrolled him into Utopia children's center which had an after-school program. In 1937, Lawrence won a scholarship to the American Artists School in New York.