I painted this based on a photo I found in the Avery Institute Yearbook in 1939. They had a polio epidemic that year, and thus they did not hold a graduation ceremony. They published this yearbook instead! I have made notecards and small prints of this image and they are on sale at Avery in the gift shop. Avery Institute closed in the 1950's, but it is now the Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture at the College of Charleston.