In 1991, MAG hosted The Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman Series of Narrative Paintings from the collection of Hampton University. The artist and his wife, Gwen, attended the opening as well as a special performance of Garth Fagan Dance.
Lawrence visited students at three middle schools in the Rochester City School District, where to packed auditoriums he graciously shared stories of his own youth in Harlem. He described the influence and importance of his after school art classes, where he was inspired by African American artists to pursue a career as a painter in spite of economic hardships.
In 1992, Lawrence received an honorary doctorate from the University of Rochester.