Elijah Pierce: the woodcarver who grappled with civil rights and racism

In 1974, the American artist Elijah Pierce sat in his barber shop carving out a wooden figure as he told a documentary film-maker: “Your life is a book and every day is a page, you’re writing your fate as you go along.”

For Pierce, every day was a piece of wood. Wood that he would carve into artworks with a pocketknife. From the White House to the Statue of Liberty to portraits of Martin Luther King, the virtuoso woodcarver told stories unlike any other through his carvings. We Are Here: a showcase of black female photography

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