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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