God’s Trombones (Great Art Inside)

The Murals of Aaron Douglas at Fisk University

Photo by Patrice Strong

In 1927, James Weldon Johnson published a book of poems based on the oratory of black preachers. Johnson got one of his friends, legendary artist Aaron Douglas, to do the artwork for the book. Their effort turned into one of the masterpieces of the Harlem Renaissance period. Johnson used trombones as a metaphor for the deep…

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