“As a result of feelings that were getting out of control, I began making art that I called wild. The works was about the slain Atlanta children. I wanted to recapture the mothers’ pain when they identified their dead children.”~Faith Ringgold

In 1981, Faith Ringgold completed a series of very raw works in reaction to the brutal murders of at least 28 children and young adults in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. One suspect was later convicted of two murders, while the rest remained unsolved. The cases were reopened in 2019.

James Baldwin, in his 1985 book The Evidence of Things Not Seen about the Atlanta murders, stated what seemed obvious: The murders were investigated negligently because all the victims were black and poor. Ringgold’s feeling of rage is evident in this group of striking works.