Jacob Lawrence

By Sydney Gray

General Information

  • Born on September 7th 1917 (Atlantic City, NJ)

  • Moved when he was two to Easton, Pennsylvania.

  • Married Gwendolyn Knight, sculpture and painter, in 1941.

  • Taught at Washington University in Seattle where he taught til he retired in 1986.
  • Died on 2000 in June 9th in Seattle, Washington.


'The Migration Series' is a sequence of 60 paintings, depicts the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North between World War I and World War II—a development that had received little previous public attention.