COMPTON, Calif. — If every brushstroke on artist Brittney S. Price’s canvas could talk, it would say what liberation in America feels like to her.

Images like that of the “mammy” — a caricature used from slavery through the Jim Crow era — are the symbols Price uses in her artwork on display at the Compton Museum of Art and History in a new exhibition called “Scenes of Liberation.”

Compton Museum of Art and History cofounders Abigail Lopez-Byrd and Marquell Byrd felt it necessary to bring these stories that the people of Compton could relate to.