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Claudia Jones (Cumberbatch)

Jul 27 – Aug 09, 2023
Praising the Past

Claudia Jones (Cumberbatch)

The Honoree

With Karl Marx’s work as a base, Claudia Jones developed her own theories. In 1949, she published her best-known piece, an essay titled “An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman!” in which she links her race and gender. As a Communist Party USA organizer, leader, editor, theoretician, and journalist, she adopted the surname Jones as self-protective disinformation.

However, her communist ties led the US to deport her to the UK in 1955. Today, many consider Jones the mother of London’s Notting Hill Carnival, one of the world’s largest street festivals, which started as an attempt at unifying a Black community. Claudia Vera Cumberbatch is buried to the left of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery in North London.

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago, island country of the southeastern West Indies. It consists of two main islands—Trinidad and Tobago—and several smaller islands.

The ethnic makeup of Trinidad is dominated by two groups, roughly equal in size: descendants of enslaved people, whose African ancestors were brought in to work on cotton and sugar plantations beginning in the late 18th century, and Indo-Trinidadians, or East Indians, whose ancestors were primarily laborers who immigrated from the Indian subcontinent as plantation workers after the abolition of slavery in the mid-19th century.

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The Artist's Creative Explanation

“Using digital print on canvas, newspaper, spray paint, and acrylic paint, I felt it was important to spotlight Claudia Jones and her work. ‘People without a voice were as lambs to the slaughter,’ she once said. Her ideology is as important as her image, so I also included snippets of her words on her clothing and lowered her image on the canvas to help you focus on the title of her essay, ‘An End to the Neglect of the Problems of a Negro Woman!’ The composition is a masterpiece and the foundation of her principles. Having the essay dawning the background only seemed right.”

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- Artist Kevin Trent, Jr.

About "From These Shores"

From These Shores celebrates the accomplishments of 18 known and lesser-known Africans in the diaspora across time and geography. The 12 panels hang at the Juffureh Slavery Museum, The Gambia and online. Timbooktoo Bookstore in New Bakau, The Gambia and Mansa Musa Restaurant in Takoma Park, MD USA each display one of the panels.
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