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Labat: A Creole Legacy

Gordon, Lori K.
cloth, canvas, paint
The stories told on this fabric collage represent the vibrant life of Celestine Vivian "Teenie" Labat (1898-2003), who, as a Creole living in the Deep South, fought to continue her education past the limits placed by segregation.
Celestine Labat left her home of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi to live with a white family in Indianapolis who would fund her education in return for household chores. She came to Washington DC where she earened a Bachelors Degree at Howard University, before earing her Masters degree at the University of Southern California. Hers was a life rich in spirit and strength, and when artist Lori Gordon met Labat in 2001, she was inspired to create "Labat: A Creole Legacy," as "a love letter to a friend."
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