Celebrate People's History: Harriet Tubman & the Combahee River Actions

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.4
Artist:
Darrell Gane-McCalla
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
March 2001
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 16" Width: 10.5"
Description:
A black and white image of Harriet Tubman on the right leading a crowd of people, on the left side of the image. At the top of the image on a red background there is text in white. Text reads: "On June 3rd 1863 Harriet Tubman led Union troops in a guerrilla action at Combahee River, South Carolina leading over 750 slaves to freedom. It was the first and only military action to be conceived and let by a woman in U.S. history."
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.