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400 Miles as the Crow Flies

Brian Whitfield's avatar Brian Whitfield

The artwork “400 Miles as the Crow Flies” highlights the arduous journey people of African descent were made to endure. This piece artistically guides the viewer from Africa, into slavery, past the Underground Railroad and the building of America. Traveling onward amid the great northern migration and America’s industrial revolution and ending with the confined raven searching for respite. “400 Miles as the Crow Flies” is based on Genesis 8: 6-7, where the raven was set free from its constrains to find a safe place to settle. His search is long and laborious and we are left wondering is there rest for a weary traveler? If Genesis 8: 6-7 were rewritten it may read something like this: “And it came to pass, after the middle passage, at the end of 245 years that Abraham [Lincoln] opened the window of freedom and he sent forth the caged bird. And it went forth to and fro, from south to north, searching for opportunity until tears of oppression are dried up from off the earth.”

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 feet or less
  • Medium: Multi-Media
  • Width: 4 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 7 feet