“Hope Deferred Maketh the Heart Sick,” by Thomas Cole, 1828 / from the collections of the DIA


Woman holding flag with shield and eagle behind her
“Liberty and Independence,” 1816, needlework from the collections of The Henry Ford.

“There may be setbacks and disappointments, but I believe we are on our way to a better place.” —John Lewis, foreword, Barack Obama: The Official Inaugural Book, 2009

In John Lewis’s March trilogy of graphic novels, he brought the story of the Civil Rights Movement to a new generation.

Black man’s face with red & white stripes/blue stars painted on it; excerpts from the Pledge of Allegiance at top of poster.
“I Pledge Allegiance…,” 1970. Poster from the collections of The Henry Ford.

“I’m doing the best I can,” he says, “but there are just too many of them. And even if it was just one or two, there’s not much I can do for them. Do you understand me?”

“I understand,” you say….

“I know you know, Jacob,” he says, and yawns…


Movie Poster Showing Two Boxers, circa 1905. From the collections of The Henry Ford.



“American Works,” circa 1860. From the collections of The Henry Ford.

Small building at right with silver letters spelling “Hope’s Diner”; sign with same words to left. White car parked in front.
Hope’s Diner, Plaistow, New Hampshire, 1970–1980. Slide from the collections of The Henry Ford.

Crowd on Beach near Heinz Ocean Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1907. Photo from the collections of The Henry Ford.

Ellice Engdahl

I work with collections data and content in a large history museum. I also have other interests.

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