Monday, April 22, 2013

HISTORIC NJ COURT ART AT BRENNAN COURTHOUSE in JERSEY CITY, The Black Panthers

Jersey City Black Panthers 
This drawing by Richard Tomlinson has always been one of our favorites,  but we never knew who was pictured in the image. It was kept in a nice folio book for over 40 years and was never removed. While putting the show together for the Brennan Courthouse (which will open on Monday April 29th), Richard's widow generously agreed to allow the work to be shown, but still no idea of who was in the image. A computer search came up negative, no clues there. Never thinking a caption would be on the back of the paper, no one looked, until today. There it was, the complete story ( see image below). This beautiful drawing shows the 3 defendants of the trial: Rowley, Perez and Hicks in Richard's bold iconoclastic style. A mystery solved. 

Left to right Isaiah Rowley, Victor Perez, Charles Hicks of the Jersey City Black Panther trial 


3 comments:

  1. How to contact the artist Tomlinson to ask whether he was the artist at the trial of USA v. Addonizio (former Mayor of Newark) in the early 1970s at the federal courthouse in Trenton.

    Jack O'Brien

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    1. Hi there
      Sadly Richard Tomlinson died a few years ago, he was indeed at that trial
      and that artwork is now in the collection at John Jay College
      you can contact Ellen Belcher the curator of the collection if you are interested in the work.
      here is the link
      http://guides.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/profile.php?uid=20443

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