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The world recently lost one of its’ greatest treasures; artist Ernie Barnes. Barnes, who was best known as the artist behind the painting “Sugar Shack”, died earlier this year in California. The North Carolina Central University graduate leaves behind a body of work that is recognized worldwide as some of the best depictions of African-American life.

CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield pays tribute to one of America’s most famous painters, Ernie Eugene Barnes. See video below: