Welcome to Iniva’s new website. We are in the process of updating content throughout. We welcome your feedback at info@iniva.org


Jacob Lawrence

  • CountryUnited States
  • Born1917
  • Died2000


Lawrence was born in New Jersey. In 1919, he lived in Pennsylvania and after his parents’ separation, he moved with his mother to Philadelphia. She eventually found work in New York and at the age of thirteen, Jacob Lawrence arrived in Harlem.

In 1993, Robert Hughes wrote on the occasion of the exhibition of Jacob Lawrence’s Migration series that ‘The works haven’t been shown in two decades, but they constitute the first, and arguably still the best, treatment of black-American historical experience by a black artist.’ Lawrence died on June 9, 2000 at the age of eighty-two.