We Shall Overcome: Louis Lo Monaco Collages, March On Washington Momento, Rare For Sale
We Shall Overcome: A Collection of Graphic Collages Created As a Memento for Those Who Partcipated in the Historic March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs on August 28, 1963:
Featured on the cover of this month's Smithsonian magazine, this rare collection of five collages was created by artist Louis Lo Monaco as a keepsake for participantsof the famous March on Washington, where Martin Luther King delivered the "I Have a Dream" speech. The set consists of a folder containing five collages; also includes an introduction with facsimile signatures of Dr. King and others, and a table of contents with captions for each piece (further details below).
Very few of these sets wereever published, and they are considered an extremely rare collector's item. Sets that occasionally come upsale can list for as much as $10,000.
This set is in about average condition. Thefolder shows some soiling and quite a bit of wear at the edges, withpartial separation along the fold; all the paper shows some toning from age; the seven sheets are clean and unmarked; somewhat curled at the forward edges; three of the sheets also have small creases at the top right corners, and the contents page has a thin crease on the bottom left edge.
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More detailed description:
A COLLECTION OF GRAPHIC COLLAGES ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON FOR FREEDOM AND JOBS ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1963. THE PORTFOLIO CONTAINS SEVEN SHEETS, EACH 8-7/8" IN WIDTH BY 10-3/4" IN HEIGHT, AS FOLLOWS: 1. AN INTRODUCTION SIGNED BY JAMES FARMER OF CORE; MARTIN LUTHER KING OF THE SCLC; JOSEPHUS, THEN THE LAST LIVING SLAVE IN THE U.S.; A. PHILIP RANDOLPH OF THE AFL-CIO AND THE NEGRO AMERICAN LABOR COUNCIL; ROY WILKINS OF THE NAACP; AND WHITNEY M. YOUNG, JR. OF THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE (FACSIMILE SIGNATURES). 2. A TABLE OF CONTENTS DESCRIBING THE FIVE GRAPHIC COLLAGES IN THE FOLDER. 3. COLLAGE #1 - "A JAIL CAN ONLY HOLD A MAN'S BODY - HIS MIND AND HEART REMAIN FREE." 4. COLLAGE #2 - "THE USE OF DOGS TO FIGHT MEN IS AN ACT OF COWARDICE - AND ONLY THE USERS ARE DEGRADED." 5. COLLAGE #3 - "WHEN RELIGIOUS AND PATRIOTIC SYMBOLS ARE USED AS A SHIELD BY HATE-MAKERS, OUR DEMOCRACY AND ALL IT STANDS FOR BECOMES A MOCKERY. 6. COLLAGE #4 - "THE SWASTIKA AND THE HIGH-PRESSURE HOSE - INSTRUMENTS OF BRUTALITY - CAN NEVER DAMPEN THE SPIRITS OF A FREE PEOPLE." 7. COLLAGE #5 - "WE SHALL OVERCOME! AND IN THE PROCESS ASSUME THE RESPONSIBILITIES AS WELL AS THE REWARDS OF CITIZENSHIP." THE COVER OF THE PORTFOLIO IS ITSELF A GRAPHIC COLLAGE DEPICTING AN OUT-STRETCHED HAND WITH A FINGER EXTENDED, POINTING TO THREE WOMEN AND MEN HOLDING HANDS AND MARCHING FORWARD.
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