The University of Washington offered Lawrence a professorship in 1970; he accepted in 1971 and taught there until his retirement in 1983. Seattle embraced him as an honored citizen, yet Lawrence was philosophical about his departure from Harlem.“You have all the tensions and all of the negative factors and problems in the East,” he later observed, “and in the West it’s so easy to live, but I guess it can prevent a certain kind of growth, a certain kind of development.” Lawrence in his Seattle studio, 1979. Photo: Mary Randlett. Mary Randlett Photo Collection, Special Collections Division, University of Washington, Seattle 

Studio: Jacob Lawrence

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