In 1940, with the recommendation of writer Alain Locke, who was one of his great supporters and mentors, Lawrence received a grant from the Julius Rosenwald Fund, which supported African-American artists, writers, scholars, and educators. Soon after, Lawrence embarked on his most ambitious series, a cycle of paintings exploring the Great Migration; he rented a studio so large that he could work on all sixty panels at the same time. Lawrence with panel 55 of the Migration Series, c. 1941. Harmon Foundation Collection, National Archive and Records Administration, College Park, Md.

Studio: Jacob Lawrence