Ancestral Tear Drops
Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
I created this painting to celebrate Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day and Jubilee Day. Juneteenth is an annual holiday celebrated on June 19, that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. I named this piece in honor of our ancestors who suffered with blood, pain and tears. "The UNIA founded by Marcus Garvey has a constitution which defines red, black, and green as the Pan-African colours: "red representing the noble blood that unites all people of African ancestry, the colour black for the people, green for the rich land of Africa."
The Pan-African flag's colors each had symbolic meaning. Red stood for blood — both the blood shed by Africans who died in their fight for liberation, and the shared blood of the African people. Black represented, well, black people. And green was a symbol of growth and the natural fertility of Africa.
September 4th, 2020
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