Artist Jacob Lawrence

The Toledo Museum of Art is home to one of Jacob Lawrence's works – the Barber Shop.

Lawrence is known most for four distinct sets of images – The Migration Series, the War Series, a series depicting abolitionists, and over three dozen images of revolutionary Toussaint L'Ouverture.

The Barber Shop, 1946 - Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917-200), Barbershop, gouache on paper, 1946. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1975.15

The Barber Shop, 1946 - Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917-200), Barbershop, gouache
on paper, 1946. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward
Drummond Libbey, 1975.15


The Migration Series, Panel no. 1: During World War I there was a great migration north by southern African Americans, between 1940 and 1941

Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series, Panel no. 1: During World War I there
was a great migration north by southern African Americans.

© 2013 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

To learn more about his life and accomplishments, as well as the Harlem Renaissance, check out these links.

Self-Portrait, 1977 - Jacob Lawrence

Self-Portrait, 1977

© 2013 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Jacob Lawrence, 1917-2000, War Series: Shipping Out, 1947.

Jacob Lawrence, 1917-2000, War Series: Shipping Out, 1947. War Series.

© Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Gregory and BilgerProfessor Kristie Bilger

As a Curator and Director of the Firelands Museum, and Director of the Lourdes History internship program, Professor Bilger (pictured at right with Keyonna Gregory) understands the importance of learning outside the classroom. "Through the HST 299 course and internships, students have the opportunity to try 'hands-on' applications of careers in the history and arts fields. This exposure is so beneficial to them in choosing their career as well as assisting them in getting their first job in the field."

To learn more about her role at Ohio's oldest museum, Firelands Museum, read this PDF booklet or visit Fireland Museum online.