Father-son artist duo combine works of African American figures for 400th anniversary commemoration

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia father and son are using their artistic talents to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans brought to English North America.

Jerome and Jeromyah Jones have painted a number of portraits over the past 40 years.

Recently, they decided to combine 69 of the paintings of famous African American figures and symbolic artworks into a banner title “I Am 400” for this year’s commemoration.

“We’ve been given gifts in our life from the creator so we use those gifts for others that creates a blessing for everyone,” said Jerome Jones.

The Jones’ say there are about 20 banners that hang in school districts, libraries, and other offices throughout the East Coast.