“The Picnic Season” at Jones’ Wood for The Daily Graphic

“The Picnic Season” at Jones’ Wood for The Daily Graphic

Claude Tavernier’s  “The Picnic Season,” a cover for The Daily Graphic (1873) depicts a picnic excursion up the Hudson River. It’s a narrative that begins as picnickers board a steamer from Jones Wood, a popular commercial picnic ground in northern Manhattan (an area...
Jacob Lawrence’s They Arrived in Pittsburgh

Jacob Lawrence’s They Arrived in Pittsburgh

The yellow basket and the yellow summer hat in They Arrived in Pittsburgh suggest that there will be a picnic. The grimy factory stacks spewing smoke suggest otherwise. The basket and hat symbolize the hope that in Pittsburgh (or any other industrial city), the...
Woodson’s We Had a Picnic Sunday Past

Woodson’s We Had a Picnic Sunday Past

Jacqueline Woodson’s We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past (1997) is a joyous family gathering with mounds to eat. A feast. It’s a story about a African American family reunion picnic in an urban park. The narrator, a young girl, comes with her Grandma, who has worked all...