George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook

Painter: Robert H. Colescott

Year: 1975

Satire is the name of Colescott's game. His work constantly deals with issues of racial representation and history by recasting well-known historical figures as African-Americans in familiar Western paintings. In this painting, George Washington, Revolutionary War general and first U.S. president becomes George Washington Carver, the black scientist and inventor.