Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
Hardison, Ruth Inge
Latimer, Lewis Howard, 1848-1928
Rillieux, Norbert, 1806-1894
Robbins, Warren M.
Truth, Sojourner, 1799-1883
Tubman, Harriet, 1820?-1913
Williams, Daniel Hale, 1856-1931
In memory of Warren M. Robbins, The Robbins Center donated a collection of sculptures by artist Inge Hardison from the series "The Giants."
In seeing the need for heroes in today's world, Inge Hardison (1914-) created the series of sculpted portraits titled, "Negro Giants in History," for which she is best known today. The mantle-size busts were a response to the omission of Black Americans in the national Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C.
Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Ms. Hardison attended Tennessee A&I University, Vassar College, and the Arts Students League during the 1930’s. Haridson created a 24 inch portrait of Sojourner Truth, which was presented to Nelson Mandela in 1990.
Ms. Haridson, still creating her sculpted portraits in her Harlem apartment has 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.”
Warren M. Robbins was an American art collector who collected African Art. He was the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art. Robbins also established the Robbins Center for Cross-Cultural Communications.