Thursday, February 18, 2016

Confederate Currency: The Color of Money

Following the money led South Carolina artist John W. Jones, a descendant of slaves, to see art where he least expected it — the currency of the Old South.

By transferring these monetary vignettes onto canvas, Mr. Jones aims to show how human bondage fueled the economy of the Confederacy and to discredit the idea that the Civil War was fought over states' rights alone.

Mr. Jones will present “The Color of Money” this Saturday at 4 pm at the Angell College Center Ballroom at SUNY Plattsburgh.

The following are some of the paintings from his “Color of Money” collection.

Alabama Slaves

Female Slave and Overseer

House Slave and Field Slaves

Slaves Loading Sugarcane

Slave at the Farm

Slaves in the Cotton Field II

Slaves Taking a Lunch Break

Slaves Hauling Cotton

Enslaved Family Picking Cotton

Slaves Weeding Cotton

You can view more of John W. Jones Color of Money collection at Gallery Chuma

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