When prominent African-American vocalist Marian Anderson was banned from performing at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall because of her race, Eleanor Roosevelt, a friend of Anderson's, resigned from the DAR in protest and was determined to find an alternate venue for the concert. Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes invited Anderson to hold a free concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939 at the Lincoln Memorial. Anderson performed for seventy-five thousand people, including many political leaders.
Kiowa dancers and women preparing food around a fire frame the traditional harvest feast and traditional Kiowa homes in the center of the lunette. This expression of narrative includes both ceremonial and social scenes of Kiowa life. James Auchiah, also known as Tse Koy Ate (Big Bow), was born in Meers, Oklahoma in 1906, and attended St. Patrick's Mission School in Anadarko, Oklahoma before studying art at the University of Oklahoma.