Bar and Grill by Jacob Lawrence 1941
This image clearly shows the physical divide between white and black Americans.
Harriet Tubman Series (Panel 4) 1940
This piece has me wondering about what each person may symbolize. At first, I thought the person in the "yellow" shorts might be the "slave catcher" but since all of the people are black and he is wearing shorts, I don't think this was the artist's intent. I think the person dressed in white may represent how so many people "laid down their lives" for others to pass. Literally and figuratively a bridge to freedom. White often represents purity, goodness, and heavenly beings in American art.
While Lawrence is known for drawing about African Americans, this looks like someone who is caucasian. I imagine the reader either getting a draft notice or a letter stating that a family member has died. Either race, experienced devastation by these letters.
"Jacob Lawrence is known for writing about the African American experiences about war, religion, and civil rights."