The Freedom Now Mural

Illinois sculptor and attorney Robert Witt Ames expressed his political and social sentiments for the historical experiences of African Americans throughout American history in a massive wooden mural. The nine by eight-foot bas-relief carving illustrates 400 years of African American history including such notable figures such as Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, and Mary Mcleod Bethune, and such historical events as the 1831 Nat Turner led slave revolt or the “Little Rock Nine” school integration. This work of art is one of several in the DuSable’s fine art collection that features minority subject matter created by non-African Americans.

This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events