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Floyd Cooper (African American/Muscogee, b. 1956)
Letters in the Dust, 2010
Illustration for Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation by Pat Sherman, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2010
Oil erasure on paper
Signed bottom right corner
Sheet 15 x 19 ¾ inches
Copyright © 2010 Floyd Cooper

The subject of Floyd Cooper's illustration is Benjamin Holmes (1846-1875). Holmes was born a slave in Charleston, South Carolina, but against all odds---and the threat of death---he taught himself to read and write.

Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation (2010) is the 2011 Gold Medal winner of the Once upon a World Children's Picture Book Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center/ Museum of Tolerance. Cooper's art was featured in The Carle's exhibition Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards (2018).

All proceeds benefit The Carle's mission to instill a love of art and reading through picture books.

Artwork is framed by R. Michelson Galleries using archival materials.

Winners can take their artwork immediately after The Carle Honors. Absentee winners will receive their artwork via Federal Express; a flat shipping fee of $150 per artwork will apply.

Donated By Floyd Cooper