Inge Ruth Hardison
is the creator of the series of sculpted portraits
entitled, "Negro Giants In History". She started this
series in 1963 with an 8" bust of Harriet Tubman.
Through the years other portraits followed: Paul Robeson,
Frederick Douglass, Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, Dr. Mary McLeod
Bethune, Dr. Washington Carver, Sojourner Truth and Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr..
The essence of their character as well as their
likeness are aptly depicted in Ms. Hardison's sculptured
presentation. Her desire in their creation was to put this
legacy of art into the hands of many. She feels that there
has always been a need for heroes, but especially in today's
world. She has even extended the art form to include a
Sojourner Truth pin, a wearable work of art and prized
Inge Hardison has also been commissioned to do
various works, including the Ingenious Americans
series: portraits of African American doctors, scientists,
and inventors. In Harlem her 35-inch bronze head of
Jackie Robinson is installed in the play center after
him. The "New Generation" bronze mural of 18 boys and
girls on the outside of Intermediate School #74 in the Bronx
is also to her credit.
A 21-inch bronze head of Frederick Douglass
as a youth was commissioned by the Black Princeton Alumni
and unveiled in 1983 in the Firestone Library of
Princeton University. In 1998, Ms. Hardison completed a
commission of a monumental bronze figure entitled "Jubilee"
for the Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY.
Inge Hardison is included in "Call Them Heroes",
a social studies textbook, published by the Board of
Edication of NY.; "Handstands", a social studies textbook
published by Allyn & Bacon, Boston, Mass.; "One Hundred
Successful Blacks", Book 2, Ebony Success Library; "Who's
Who Among Black Americans"; and "Who's Who in America".
Hardison's 24-inchhigh portrait of Sojourner
Truth was presented to Nelson Mandela by NY
Governor Cuomo in 1990. The sculptures Dr. Mary
Mcleod Bethune and W.E.B. Dubois were used in a
presentation to DC Mayor, Sharon Pratt Dixon, the
entire Congressional Black Caucus and to Chief
Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola of Nigeria in 1991. The 2-foot
standing Sojourner Truth was used in a presentation
in 1995 to the Sewell-Belmont House Museum and Portrait
Gallery in Washington, DC.
In February 2004, Inge Hardison was one of the
"Harlem is..." Honorees recognized for their significant
influence on the arts in Harlem. She acknowledges that
Harlem has been a very important experience in her life.
Tony Brown, in his syndicated column of
August 1987 wrote: "...This woman's life has been
dedicated to preserving our legacy. She will keep the
eternal flame of our struggle alive in her genius."