Here Comes Moses
Faith Ringgold (American, b. 1930)
DimensionsSheet : 22 1/2 x 30 in. (57.15 x 76.2 cm)
Mat : 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.44 cm)
Credit LineGift of Arthur and Kristine Rossof
LabelThe text around the perimeter of this print reads: “Here Come Moses. Aunt Emmy said he’d find us one day. That boy came North to Freedom in a storm. He lost his mother and father on the way. ‘They’ll never find me in this storm, but we will all find Freedom, God willing. We were born to be free. I will never give up,’ said Moses. Moses was only twelve years old when he came to Jones Road on Thanksgiving Day in 1793.” The print belongs to Faith Ringgold’s Jones Road series, which was inspired by the historical experiences of African Americans who escaped slavery during the 18th and 19th centuries and made new lives for themselves as free people in the North. Ringgold was born and raised in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood during the Harlem Renaissance period. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education, Ringgold worked as a teacher in the New York Public School system from 1955 to 1973, at which time she quit teaching to work full time as an artist. She has been active in the Civil Rights movement since the early 1960s, and much of her work addresses issues of racial, gender and class inequalities.