George Wallace and His Men Standing in the Schoolhouse Door

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
1988
Burlap, cardboard, Bondo, plastic, window blinds, industrial sealing compound, enamel, on wood
39.75 x 40.25 inches

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"You see my art, you kind of know what’s on my mind. Governor Wallace was trying to block the blacks from going to the college over there.

"You see my art, you kind of know what’s on my mind. Governor Wallace was trying to block the blacks from going to the college over there. He say, “Ain’t no blacks going to go there.” Wallace say, “You go grow your garden. We grow our garden. We both going to have beautiful gardens.” That was his way of doing that “separate but equal” thing with the schools. But when the federal troops got there he stepped aside. He knowed he had to move. Whites got mad at him but he understood the law and got out of the doorway." —Arthur Dial