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  Inge Ruth Hardison was born on February 3rd, 1904. She is an African-American sculptor and photographer.

  From Portsmouth, Virginia She attended Tennessee A&I University, Vassar College, and the Arts Students League during the 1930’s. Hardison is a sculptor whose major interest is contemporary and historical portraiture.
  Many of her works, done in wax, clay, and plaster have been done at the request of clients and then cast in other materials such bonded bronze.

  Much of Hardison’s work is emotionally involved to her heritage as a woman of African decent. She has created a series of busts of African American heroes that she has called Negro Giants in History.

  Hardison is often seen wearing pieces of her work, a two-inch pin depicting Sojourner Truth. The original piece was a two-foot work given to Nelson Mandela by (then) New York governor Mario Cuomo in 1990.

  In addition to being a sculptor, Hardison is an accomplished photographer too. She was the only woman among the six artists who formed the Black Academy of Arts and Letters.

  Hardison once said, “During my long life I have enjoyed using different ways to distill the essences of my experiences so as to share for the good they might do in the lives of others.”

  A life loyal to creativity and art speaks of the life of Inge Hardison.

 

 

 

The Value of Black History is on the Rise
Letter by 18th-Century ex-slave poet, Phillis Wheatley, Fetches Record Price
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   A handwritten and signed letter dated February 14, 1776, by Phillis Wheatley, a former Boston slave and the author of the first book of poetry published by an African American, brought a record-setting $253,000 at auction on November 22, 2005.  The letter, one of only twenty now known to exist, had a pre-auction estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.

This price was the highest ever paid at auction for a letter written by an African American, and appears to have set an auction record for a letter written by a woman, said Jeremy Markowitz, an autograph specialist at Swann Galleries in New York, which sold it. Miss Wheatley, who had fled Boston for Providence owing to the occupation of the former town by the British Army during the American Revolution, wrote the letter to her still-enslaved friend, Obour Tanner of Newport, R.I., and briefly opines about the conflict of which she stated, “Even I a mere spectator am in anxious suspense concerning the fortune of this unnatural civil contest.” The new owner of the letter remains anonymous for the present, according to Swann Galleries.


 


"se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yennki"
(translation below)
"There is nothing wrong with going back to fetch what one has forgotten."
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© 2006 Inge Hardison.
Editor: Frances Griles
Photograph of Inge Hardison by: Manu Sassoonian
Sculpture Photography by: Gerald Peat

 

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