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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