Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman    1822 – 1913 Harriet Tubman was known as the “Moses of her people”. After escaping slavery, she helped others gain their freedom as a “conductor” of the Underground Railroad. Tubman also served as a scout, spy, guerrilla soldier, and nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War. She lead a Civil… Continue reading Harriet Tubman

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth 1797 – 1883 American women’s rights activist. She escaped slavery in 1826 and went to court to free her son in 1828. “If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.” Here are some informative links: 2/27/2022 CNN reports on new… Continue reading Sojourner Truth

Polly Jackson

Polly Jackson birth and death unknown, lived in 1880’s Polly Jackson was an African-American resident of Ripley, Ohio. According to legend, she fought off slave catchers with a kettle of hot water and a butcher knife.

Edmonia Lewis

Edmonia Lewis 1844 – 1907 Lewis was the first professional African-American sculptor. Her brother financed her schooling at Oberlin College. While there, she was accused of poisoning two of her white roommates. She was acquitted of the charge but also severely beaten by white vigilantes. Subsequently accused of stealing art supplies, she was not permitted… Continue reading Edmonia Lewis

Carlotta Stewart Lai

Carlotta Stewart Lai 1881 –1952 Lai was an educator and administrator in the Hawaiian public schools for four decades and the first African American school principal in Honolulu.  She worked as a teacher and educational leader at a time when these occupations were largely closed to African Americans on the U. S. mainland, and she achieved professional success… Continue reading Carlotta Stewart Lai

Recy Taylor

Recy Taylor, 1919-2017 Taylor’s refusal to remain silent about a brutal rape she suffered led to her organizing in the African-American community on behalf of justice and civil rights. The crime was perpetrated by white men who were not charged despite the fact that they confessed to their crime. Two grand juries subsequently declined to… Continue reading Recy Taylor

Omo Valley: Revisited

Desenech woman with, from left to right, bottle cap head ornament, Feather hat, clay water pot. Photos from my 2013 trip to Omo Valley in Ethiopia. In 2019 I was inspired by these women and their photos to make the following portraits in acrylic on panel. I created a catalog for my 2019 show, Omo… Continue reading Omo Valley: Revisited

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