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He Died with the Truth
  • Marvin Crum
    born 1951
    born: Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • He Died with the Truth, 2017
  • Where object was made: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • leather, cotton, gold cord, batik
  • Object Height/Width: 51 1/2 x 31 in
  • Loan from Marla Jackson
  • Not on display
  • EL2017.096
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Narratives of the Soul", 08-Jul-2017
Marvin Crum made this quilt to express his profound sorrow about the horrific tragedy of lynching. It represents both specific individuals who were lynched, and also the general history of lynching. No one will ever know this hanged man’s truth. Crum included the gold cord to symbolize hope and the idea of the man’s spirit leaving his tortured body. This is the first quilt Crum has created. It pays tribute to the talents of his sister Marla Jackson and the children she teaches to narrate stories and oral histories in cloth.