Edwin A. Harelston was born in Charleston, South Carolina. His father was a seaman, Captain Edwin Guillard Harleston, who became one of Charleston's leading undertakers and died at age seventy-six on April 21, 1931, shortly before his son's death. Edwin Agustus's early education did not prepare him for the career of an artist, even though he expressed interest in art at an early age. Instead he earned a B.A. degree in 1904 from Atlanta University in Georgia where he excelled in several sports From Atlanta he went with the blessings of his family to Harvard University in Massachusetts hoping to become a physician The urge to gain creative expression in the visual arts outweighed his interest in medicine however and he spent seven years studying at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts During his stay in Boston he pursued with distinction the study of anatomy ...
David C. Driskell
Mary Anne Boelcskevy
painter and civil rights activist, was born in Charleston, South Carolina. “Teddy,” as he was called, was one of six children of Edwin Gailliard Harleston and Louise Moultre. Harleston's father, born in 1852, was one of eight children of the white plantation owner William Harleston and his slave Kate. Edwin Gailliard Harleston had worked as a rice planter but returned to Charleston and his family's Laurel Street home in search of a better living for his-wife and children. There he ran a produce-transporting business for a few years and then brought his nickname “Captain” along when he left boating in 1896 to set up the Harleston Brothers Funeral Home with his brother Robert Harleston a former tailor The segregated funeral business meant they would have no competition from whites Most of Captain s sons were uninterested in joining the business after their uncle Robert left however ...
Alice Eley Jones
was born in Ahoskie, Hertford County, North Carolina, the youngest child of Tupper Webster Jones (1916–2013), a businessman, merchant, and civic leader, and Pearlene Clario Robbins (1920–1987), a housewife, churchwoman, and Chowanoc descendant.
Jones’s family and extended family hailed from free mixed-race families who pioneered and settled northeastern North Carolina, having immigrated from southeastern Virginia as early as 1740, some marrying into surviving landowning families of the Chowanoc, Meherrin, and Tuscarora Nations. From these unions arose generations of prosperous, independent, landowning farmers, skilled artisans, and business owners. By 1831 seven families owned twelve slaves and in 1851 land was purchased near the town of Winton whereupon Pleasant Plains Baptist Church was constructed Prideful of their Revolutionary War military service several men enlisted in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War During Reconstruction a number of Jones s maternal family members were elected ...
Amalia K. Amaki
painter, was born in Bessemer, Alabama, one of seven children of Mose Whitten, a coal miner, and Annie Bell Whitten, a seamstress. Jack took art classes and studied the saxophone while attending Carver Junior High School and Dunbar High School, from which he graduated in 1957. Whitten was a premedical student at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama from 1957 to 1959 before shifting to a concentration in art at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, between 1959 and 1960. In 1959 he participated in his first art exhibition, a group show at Xavier University in New Orleans. He moved to New York in 1960 to complete his formal art education at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. His next exhibition opportunities were in 1962 and 1963 when his paintings were included in shows in New York at the Westerly ...
Jonette O'Kelley Miller
artist and sculptor, was born on a farm near Frankfort, Ohio. Woodard was the youngest of three children of William P. Ecton. A former slave, he had fought in the Civil War and later became a successful businessman in Ohio and California. Little is known of his wife, Woodard's mother. Several of Woodard's relatives were artists; one of her grandmothers was an expert weaver and a male relation (either her grandfather or uncle) was a sculptor. While Woodard was still an infant, her family moved to Vernon, California. Her passion for studying Africa's history and cultures began at the age of twelve when her family was introduced to a visitor from Africa.
As a student at Polytechnic High School Woodard studied architectural drawing After graduation she found a job in a café and began to experiment with clay in her free time She went on to study sculpture ...