TYPE: Documents (Loose)
DIMENSIONS: 16x11 inches
ITEM ID: 2252

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Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Political Cartoon

Year: 1967
Decade: 1960s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

“Adam’s Garden of Eden” – a Cartoon depicting Powell at his posh Florida retreat, an unflattering image of his wife Yvette Diago in the background. Original pen and ink cartoon by Bob Taylor of the Dallas Times Herald with a Times Herald label on the reverse. This is a very nasty cartoon that even the Dallas Times Herald refused to run; marked “return” and “destroy” on the reverse. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (1908-1972) was one of the most powerful African-American politicians of the 20th century. Following in his father’s footsteps as minister of Harlem’s famous Abyssinian Baptist Church, Powell became increasingly involved in politics, and in 1944 was elected to the U. S. Houses of Representatives, New York’s first African-American Congressman. In the late 1960’s however, Powell high-flying life-style became the subject of investigation, and scandal. Instead of returning to New York, he chose to stay at his posh Florida retreat. Stripped of his committee chairmanship by the House Democratic Caucus, Powell told his constituents to “Keep the Faith Baby.”

Name: Bob Taylor
Type: Artist