NJ library displays drawing of slave having sex

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Associated Press

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 20 at 7:33 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey library that covered up a drawing of a black female slave having sex with a white man after workers found it inappropriate is displaying it again.

The drawing was created by black artist Kara Walker. It shows the horrors many blacks faced after the Civil War and during reconstruction and includes a depiction of a slave performing oral sex.

It initially was hung during Thanksgiving in the Newark Public Library's second-floor reference room. But officials reluctantly covered it with a cloth after one day because some workers complained it was insensitive.

The Star-Ledger newspaper (http://bit.ly/Yho437) reported Sunday library officials and staffers have since met to discuss the drawing and decided it could be uncovered.

The library plans to invite Walker to speak about the work, artistic freedom and the role of black artists in society.

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Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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