Atlanta, GA. /Alpha-Omega / In Memoriam / Created by/ Louis Udell Guthrie/ Please God, Stop These/ American Barbarians!
Atlanta: The Artist, [ca. 1950]. Likely Unique. 26 by 22.5" cloth banner on decorative pole with gold fringe, embroidered lettering and 28 cloth crosses affixed to the front, each with a hand drawn, impressionistic face in brown. Item #53036
Not much is known about Udell, but he did create a well know pin that protested the segregation of black and white troops during the Korean war, suggesting this was done in protest of the war itself and the outsize number of African American troops killed at the time. Even with out a completely clear intent of message, the banner is a striking piece of protest art.
Provenance: From the the black history collection of Dr. Fred Strickland [1944-2010].