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Mary Ball Howkins

sculptor, teacher, administrator, and writer. Augusta Fells Savage, who became a prominent figure in the “New Negro” movement in 1930s and 1940s Harlem, was born in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Her mother, Cornelia Murphy Fells, was a laundress, and her father, Edward Fells, was a landowner, farmer, carpenter, and fisherman. Savage showed an interest in sculpting in early childhood, sometimes skipping school to mold clay ducks. Her father judged her youthful sculpture so severely from his fundamentalist religious standpoint that she eventually hid the work from him. Yet later, when in her twenties, she fashioned a sculpture of a Christian subject and won his approval.

At the age of fifteen Savage married John T. Moore, who died several years after the 1908 birth of their daughter A second marriage to James Savage ended in divorce in the early 1920s Augusta Savage traveled ...