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The Robbins Center Collection

Subject:
Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943
Drew, Charles, 1904-1950
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
Creator:
Robbins, Lydia
Type:
Collection description
Sculpture
Place:
United States
Description:
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.
Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Inge_Hardison
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_M._Robbins
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_R._Drew
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Carver
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norbert_Rillieux
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._E._B._Du_Bois
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Howard_Latimer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sojourner_Truth
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Tubman
Topic:
Abolitionists
Activists
African American abolitionists
African American inventors
African American philanthropists
African American physicians
African American sculptors
African Americans
Civil rights leaders
Collectors and collecting
Creoles
Human rights
Human rights workers
Inventors
Philanthropists
Physicians
Sculptors
Women's rights
Cite As:
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Anacostia Community Museum

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  • Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943
  • Drew, Charles, 1904-1950
  • Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
  • Hardison, Ruth Inge
  • Latimer, Lewis Howard, 1848-1928
  • Rillieux, Norbert, 1806-1894
  • Robbins, Lydia
  • Robbins, Warren M.
  • Truth, Sojourner, 1799-1883
  • Tubman, Harriet, 1820?-1913
  • Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943
  • Drew, Charles, 1904-1950
  • Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
  • Hardison, Ruth Inge
  • Latimer, Lewis Howard, 1848-1928
  • Rillieux, Norbert, 1806-1894
  • Robbins, Lydia
  • Robbins, Warren M.
  • Truth, Sojourner, 1799-1883
  • Tubman, Harriet, 1820?-1913
  • African Americans
  • Anacostia Community Museum