American Civics - Voting Rights, 2016
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American Civics - Voting Rights, 2016

By Shepard Fairey
About the image

American Civics is a fine art limited edition series of five prints: Voting Rights, Mass Incarceration, Workers' Rights, Gun Culture, and Two Americas.

This piece is based on a photograph taken by Jim Marshall of Fannie Lee Chaney, mother of James Chaney, as the FBI informed her that her son had been murdered by the Ku Klux Klan while signing up Blacks to vote in the South. (June 21, 1964, during Freedom Summer near Philadelphia, Mississippi).

"Her expression is an intense combination of sadness and resolve that was critical for me to try to capture artistically. Because her expression is direct but also mysterious, I included supplementary news clippings and FBI materials in the various layers of my work so the viewer could understand the full weight of the scenario. People lost their lives securing voting rights for all during the civil rights movement, and those same essential rights are threatened in today's world."  --Shepard Fairey, April 2016

A portion of proceeds will benefit the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and the Jim Marshall Fellowship at UC Berkeley.

In 2016 Shepard Fairey and his crew created a mural of this image on the side of a building in San Francisco.

Release Notes:
4-Color Serigraph on Varnished 100% Cotton Rag Archival Paper.

Collector's Notes:
Each print is hand-signed and numbered by Shepard Fairey and stamped by Jim Marshall Photography LLC. Otders will ship within a few days.

Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity following delivery. Please contact us with any questions!

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American Civics - Voting Rights, 2016
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