We Were Strangers too... by Don Henderson

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Artist Statement

"This is a photo taken by my great grandfather Michael James Wallace of his daughter, my great aunt Ursula Wallace at their new home in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My great grandfather immigrated from County Cork Ireland where he was a teacher. He left Ireland near the end of An Gorta M?r, The Great Hunger more commonly known as the Irish Potato Famine. In the 1840s the potato crop failed, the potato was the main staple in the Irish diet, all other crops and livestock were used to pay the rent to British landlords. At the time, Ireland was producing enough food to feed the starving masses, but all that food was being exported to other parts of the UK by the British and the Irish were left to starve or immigrate. It was genocide and ethnic cleansing. The Great Hunger cleared the land of millions of Irish who either starved, died from disease or immigrated. When my great grandfather came to Pittsburgh, it was typical to see "Help Wanted" signs that said "No Irish Need Apply", but he found work on the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad. The P&LE was one of the largest steel hauling railroads in the world, they called the railroad the "Little Giant" because of all the steel they hauled for Carnegie Steel. The P&LE was was the only railroad in Pittsburgh that hired Irish Catholics, because he was educated, he was able to land a job as Yardmaster and did that till he retired." - Don Henderson

Don is a Pittsburgh born artist, illustrator, graphic designer, photographer and activist living in New Kensington, PA. Together with his son Shane, the for the design team that is Henderson Graphic Design & Illustration. Always ready to support a good cause, HendersonGDI has been involved in local and national campaigns to support wounded Veterans, children with autism and people suffering with ALS.

About We Were Strangers Too

We Were Strangers Too is a collection of designs showing how diverse and universal the refugee experience truly is. Proceeds support the Anti-Defamation League, the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.