Jean-François Boclé, Jena Tree, 2011, painting on wood, shalk, wood, black paint for school blackboard, 140 x 100 x 1,9 cm. © Jean-François Boclé/Adagp.
Jean-François Boclé, Jena Tree, 2011, peinture sur bois, craie, peinture noire pour tableaux d'école, bois, 140 x 100 x 1,9 cm. © Jean-François Boclé/Adagp.
Excerpt from a New York Times article, 2007 :
"JENA, La., Sept. 18 — They called it the White Tree. Not because of the color of its leaves or tint of its bark, but because of the kind of people who typically sat beneath its shade here at Jena High School.
And when a black student tried to defy that tradition by sitting under the tree last September, it set off a series of events that have turned this town of 3,000 in central Louisiana’s timber country into a flashpoint over the issue of racial bias in the criminal justice system."
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