Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series

Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, Panel No. 1

Jacob Lawrence

The Migration Series

Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series features the story of African Americans who had departed the South to seek better lives in the North. The prospect of jobs and social mobility held the promise of escape from financial and social restraints, such as racism in the South.

The movement of nearly one million African Americans from approximately 1916 to 1930 became known as the Great Migration. Lawrence created 60 panels that visually portrays and expresses the mass movement of a people searching for a better life.

Explore Lawrence’s life, process, and influences, as well as a deep dive into The Migration Series by using the Prism.K12 strategies and resources through the sections below.