Howard University

Charles White Mural

Law Library Receives Charles White Mural

Five Great American Negroes
by Charles Wilbert White

On August 15, 2007, the Law Library was pleased to receive the mural, Five Great American Negroes, by the painter, lithographer and teacher, Charles Wilbert White from the Howard University Gallery of Art. The 5 x 12 11 mural depicts the images of Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson and George Washington Carver.

Charles White was born in 1918 in Chicago. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. After completing his studies, Mr. White was commissioned to create several murals for the Works Project Administration. In the 1940s, Mr. White honed his skills under the tutelage of David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera at the Taller de Frafica in Mexico City. Two years later, Mr. White returned to the United States and became involved in the New York Graphic Workshop.

In 1945, Mr. White was artist-in-residence at Howard University. Howard received the mural from the Department of the Army in 1947. From 1965 until his death 47 years later, Mr. White taught at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.

The Law Library is honored to have received such a fine example of American artistry.

Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries:

Natonal Gallery of Art

The African American Registry

Amon Carter Museum