Three Murals Commissioned to honor Rutgers Alumni, Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson Galleries
Express Newark Partner, Paul Robeson Galleries, have commissioned 3 murals celebrating the legacy of Paul Robeson. The artist who painted all three murals is Newark Native, Lenny Correa.
The murals can be found at the Express Newark Main Gallery, outside of the Express Newark Gallery Workshop, and at the Rutgers-Newark Campus Center Gallery.
For those unfamiliar with Paul Robeson, he was the son of a father born into slavery and a mother raised as an abolitionist. Robeson’s academic and athletic achievements earned him a scholarship to Rutgers University in 1915, where he became not only a four-sport letterman and two-time All American football star, but a member of Phi Beta Kappa and class valedictorian—all of this while being only the third African-American student in the schools history. Robeson also went to law school at Columbia University, where he paid his way as an actor and professional football player. By 1923, Robeson had passed the bar while at the same time, earning critical raves on the London and Broadway stage.
By the late 1940s, Robeson’s international artistic reputation was well established, but it was rivaled by his reputation as a political activist.