Earl of Dunmore and Virginia Slaves

Creator: Victor Wooten.

Context: This painting was created in the 1970s and shown in the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as part of the online exhibit, IN MOTION: The African-American Migration Experience.

Audience: The audience for this painting is the American public, historians, and students who study the history of African-Americans during the early period of the United States.

Purpose: The purpose of this painting is to show agency among African-Americans at the time of the American Revolution. The Royal British government gave slaves an opportunity for freedom in exchange for military service. Many African-Americans chose this option during the American Revolutionary period.

Historical Significance: This contemporary painting is an effort to educate the public about the African-American experience during less-familiar events around the time of the American Revolution, such as the Dunmore Proclamation.