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American Justice

by Joe Jones

Alternately titled White Justice, Jones’s painting graphically portrays a black woman, raped and lynched by a mob of Klansmen while her house burns in the background.

A harsh condemnation of racial violence, American Justice was painted while Jones was teaching an art class for unemployed blacks in the courthouse where the Dred Scott decision had been handed down.

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Joe Jones - American Justice

oe Jones, American Justice, 1933.  Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in. 

Museum Purchase, Derby Fund, from the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930-1970

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