FAIRFIELD — Deep in the hills of Fairfield, in a 40-plus-year-old shack surrounded by woods, stands an intricately detailed reinterpretation of Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.”
Several details might immediately strike the viewer, walking past the wood stove to the immediate right of the shack’s old door to stand and look at the eight-foot-tall, 16-foot-wide canvas. For one thing, everyone at the table is black.
They are familiar figures in the history of American civil rights. Martin Luther King, Jr. stands at the center of the table, where Jesus stood in Da Vinci’s original.
The painter, 83-year-old Al Salzman, said King “embodied similar characteristics to Jesus. He was a man fighting for social justice.”
Malcolm X is there as well. There’s Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali. And there is former president Barack Obama, clutching a bag of gold labeled “Goldman-Sachs.”
Behind these figures are scenes familiar to anyone who read a newspaper in the past 60 years. Black figures hang from trees, their deaths overseen by hooded Klansmen. Black citizens vainly try to flee white police officers.
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