Title : “Filtered” (boy)
Year : 2012
Medium : Oil on canvas
Dimensions : 17 x 30 in (43.18 x 76.2 cm)
Availability: Private Collection (limited edition reproductions available)
The painting was inspired by the many stories and accounts of an early experience of racial segregation. The title filtered was chosen to portray the child, not the drinking water as first perceived.
filtered , past participle, past tense of fil·ter (Verb)
Move slowly or in small quantities or numbers through something or in a specified direction: “people filtered out of a continent”.
Segregation of public facilities — including water fountains and restrooms — was officially outlawed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964, after a rare cloture vote in the U.S. Senate. (Sen. Robert F. Byrd, D-W.Va., a former Klansman, spoke against the bill on the Senate floor for 14 hours, 13 minutes straight.)
U.S. Rep. Alton A. Lennon of Wilmington, a Democrat who represented North Carolina’s 7th District at the time, and North Carolina’s U.S. senators, Democrats B. Everett Jordan and Sam J. Ervin Jr., all voted against the measure.
In Raleigh, Wilmington and other Southern cities, local businesses seem to have complied grudgingly but promptly. (Local historian Susan Taylor Block remembers watching the water fountains being removed from the downtown J.C. Penney store when she was a young girl.) In smaller towns and rural areas, however, old Jim Crow customs lingered a little while longer.
Keypoints : Cold water vs. warm. The condition of the plumbing and draining design. The make shift plaque in comparison to the custom signage. The retaining walls condition. It must have been something in that water.