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Augusta Fells Savage

March 26th in African American History – Augusta Fells Savage

March 26, 1962 Augusta Fells Savage, Harlem Renaissance sculptor, died. Savage was born February 29, 1892 in Green Cove Springs, Florida. In 1921, she was admitted to Cooper Union Art School in New York City. In 1923, she applied for an art program sponsored by the French government but was turned down by the international […]

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Gerald Sekoto

March 20th in African American History – Gerald Sekoto

March 20, 1993 Gerald Sekoto, the father of South African art, died. Sekoto was born December 9, 1913 near Middelburg, Eastern Transvaal. After graduating from the Diocesan Teachers Training College, Sekoto taught school from 1934 to 1938. In 1938, he moved to Johannesburg to pursue a career as an artist. He held his first solo […]

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March 12th in African American History – Romare Bearden

March 12, 1988 Romare Bearden, artist and writer, died. Bearden was born September 2, 1911 in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1935, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in science and education from New York University. He went on to study at the Arts Student League from 1936 to 1937. From 1942 to 1945, Bearden […]

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Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks

March 7th in African American History – Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks

March 7, 2006 Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks, photographer, musician, poet, film director, and activist, died. Parks was born November 30, 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas. He bought his first camera at the age of 25 and began to work as a freelance portrait and fashion photographer. In 1941, an exhibition of his photographs of […]

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James Richmond Barthe

March 5th in African American History – James Richmond Barthe

March 5, 1989 James Richmond Barthe, sculptor, died. Barthe was born January 28, 1901 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. He showed great promise as an artist at a young age but due to his race was barred from enrolling in any of the art schools in the South. In 1924, he was admitted to the […]

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Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence – September 7th in African American History

September 7, 1919 Jacob Lawrence, painter and educator, was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Lawrence attended classes at the Harlem Art Workshop and earned a scholarship to the American Artist School. In 1943, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and served with the first racially integrated crew. Throughout his artistic career, Lawrence […]

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