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JAY TAYLOR: Unreconciled

JAY TAYLOR: Unreconciled


Giclee print of original watercolor painting.

Dimensions: 15" wide x 32" tall.

From a series of 25 prints. Please contact the Gallery for ordering information.

The inspiration for this piece is a report on Lynching in America, the second in a series of reports that examines the trajectory of American history from slavery to mass incarceration. It was researched and written by staff of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a non-profit organization founded in 1989. The EJI has documented 4,084 racial terror lynchings in 12 southern states between 1877 and 1950 and 300 in other states during this period. The quotations on the plaque are reproduced from this report as part of the artwork with their permission.

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. It provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons and works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. It recently launched an ambitious national effort to create new spaces, markers, and memorials that address the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, which shapes many issues today. It also provides research and recommendations to assist policymakers in the work of criminal justice reform.

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