Art and Activism at Tougaloo College


The striking book sheds new light on the collecting history at a liberal arts college in Mississippi


ISBN: 9783777439693 Category:

Turry M. Flucker, Asma Naeem


This book spotlights a complex art collection established at the intersection of modern art and social justice. In 1963, as civil rights protests swirled across the fiercely segregated state, this historically Black college became an unlikely hub in Mississippi envisioned as “an interracial oasis in which the fine arts are the focus and magnet.”

Since its founding in 1869 by the abolitionist-led American Missionary Association, Tougaloo College has made the fight for equality central to its mission. In 1963, Tougaloo became the nexus for modern art in Mississippi, when leaders of the New York art world began a rich program of art acquisitions. This publication features two essays and approximately thirty-five selections from this distinctive collection by diverse artists such as Francis Picabia, Jacob Lawrence, and Alma Thomas.

Additional information

Weight 710 g
Dimensions 24.2 x 44.6 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 5 January 2023
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.2 x 44.6 cm
Weight 710 g


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Turry M. Flucker, a graduate of Tougaloo College, is the Director and Curator of the Tougaloo College Art Collections. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Art of Activism: Artwork and Activism at Tougaloo College (University Press of Mississippi).