Mural cycle at Cravath Hall, Fisk University

"Like his Harlem Renaissance contemporaries, Douglas sought to create a narrative of collective memory that would uplift and empower black Americans. Douglas drew from Egyptian reliefs, masks from the Ivory Coast and Liberia, and contemporary art of the Congo and the Gold Coast (now Ghana) to create an ambitious cycle of murals. Set in multiple rooms, the murals form a single continuous narrative — a panoramic vision in which Africans both living on the continent and spread across the globe could share a common history and future."—