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Legacy Keepers: Interview with Georgette Seabrooke Powell

Catalog Data

National Visionary Leadership Project  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Seabrooke, Georgette, 1916-2011  Search this
Collection Creator:
National Visionary Leadership Project  Search this
1 video recording (VHS, 1/2")
African American  Search this
Archival materials
Video recordings
Video recordings
Oral histories (document genres)
Charleston (S.C.)
New York (N.Y.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Scope and Contents:
Through an oral history interview, artist Georgette Seabrooke Powell talks about her extended family, who owned businesses in Charleston, South Carolina, where she was born in 1916. Her family moved to New York City when Powell was six; she describes living in a tenement building, her time as a student at Washington Irving High School and later Cooper Union, and her experiences during the Harlem Renaissance. Powell talks about a few of her paintings, particularly her early work, and the WPA's Federal Art Project, including the mural "Recreation in Harlem." After moving to Washington, D.C., Powell becomes an art therapist and obtains a degree from Howard University. Powell also talks about Operation Heritage, Art in the Park, and P.S. 6. She describes her encounters with racism as a child and then later with her artwork; and explains her greatest accomplishment - raising her family.
Interview. Part of the National Visionary Leadership Project 2003. Dated 20030604.
Biographical / Historical:
Co-founded in 2001 by Camille O. Cosby, Ed.D. and Renee Poussaint, The National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP), a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, unites generations to create tomorrow's leaders by recording, preserving, and distributing through various media, the wisdom of extraordinary African American elders - Visionaries - who have shaped American history. National Visionary Leadership Project 2003 collection contains five videotaped oral history interviews conducted in partnership with the National Visionary Leadership Project and the Anacostia Community Museum's Education Department in 2003. Interviewees include Georgette Seabrooke Powell, William Langford, Louise Daniel Hutchinson, Jeannine Clark, and Charles Clark. Full transcripts of the interviews are available for reference in the archive.
Title transcribed from cover page of the video recording's transcript.
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African Americans  Search this
African American families  Search this
Artists  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Harlem Renaissance  Search this
Civic leaders  Search this
Racism  Search this
Video recordings
Oral histories (document genres)
Legacy Keepers: Interview of Georgette Seabrooke Powell, National Visionary Leadership Project 2003, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
ACMA.09-005, Item ACMA AV000919
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National Visionary Leadership Project 2003
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Anacostia Community Museum Archives