Study for "Initiation Ceremonies of the Darktown Lodge—Part Second: The Candidate Charging the Grand Boss"
Medium: Graphite and watercolor on illustration board mounted on board
Dimensions: sheet: 10 3/16 × 13 1/4 in. (25.9 × 33.7 cm)
Illustration Citation: Currier and Ives, "Initiation Ceremonies of the Darktown Lodge—Part Second: The Candidate Charging the Grand Boss," 1887
Credit Line: Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1983
About: Between 1879 and 1890, Currier and Ives issued a group of 75 color lithographs called the Darktown series, featuring racist caricatures of African Americans. This scene mocks an initiation rite for a secret society.
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