Robin Coste Lewis drew on a multitude of sources for her . These lines remind me vividly of captions in National Geographic of years past.


A Negro Slave Woman
Carrying a Cornucopia
Representing Africa

A Negro Slave Woman
Holding a Plate of Tropical Fruits
Including a Pineapple

A Negro Servant Boy
Brings in a Tray
Of Filled Glasses Winged

Female Figure of Hope
On an Anchor

And Holding a Wreath
Over an Inscribed Monument
With a Bale of Cotton

And a Ship
In the Background Negro Boy
Holding Feathers in His Left Hand

Pointing to Hope
And a Book
Under His Right Arm

And a Black Man
Holding a Rifle
And pointing to the Arms

Of the United States
Above to Their Side
Is a Ballot

Box and Behind
Them a Loco


At Auction Negro Man in Loincloth
serves liquor to Men Bidding

on The Slaves while A Slave Woman
attends Two Women Observing The Sale.

African Slave Encased in an Iron Mask
and Collar Slave Children starting out

to harvest coffee on an oxcart.
Negroes under a date palm.

Negro Woman Seated
at a table, facing

left, writing
with a quill