Great Wall of L. A. 1940: WW II: Dr. Charles Drew and Mrs. Laws

Great Wall of L. A. 1940: WW II: Dr. Charles Drew and Mrs. Laws

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Industry also provided jobs for black women workers, and in this segment, the women are opening the door (of jobs) to the war industry with Dr. Charles Drew. Dr. Draw was the inventor of the large scale blood bank. However in this image, Dr. Drew cradles himself in his own arms as he dies unnecessarily due to a Southern hospital's refusal to treat him for blood loss. On the right, the iron hand, symbolizing the dehumanizing system of racial discrimination, is shown cutting off the flow of blood, ending his life.

Beyond these accomplishments of African Americans in the war industry, the mural depicts the discrimination that continued for African Americans in housing. "We Fight Fascism At Home And Abroad" commemorates the struggle. 

  • This is a giclée of an original coloration used for determining the colors for the Great Wall of LA. It was used by the youth and artists in the LA River when painting the Great Wall over five summers from the late 1970s to early 1980s. 
  • Artist: Judith F. Baca
  • Original Coloration Completed: 1981
  • Paper Size: 22.5" W x 16" H Image Size: 19" W x 12" H