Jacob Lawrence was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in
1917. When his father couldn't find work to support his family, Jacob's
mother put him and his brother and sister in foster homes in Philadelphia.
When she was able to get a job, she took the children with her to New York
His mother was afraid that Jacob might join a gang and so she enrolled
him in an art program at a community center. Jacob dropped out of high
school to help his mother when she lost her job. But he wanted to learn more, especially
about the history of black people. He read as much as he could at the
Schomburg Library in Harlem.
Art Share is an art appreciation project at Public School
241, Brooklyn, New York, USA