Alma Thomass March on Washington …with 250,000 Others
Archives of American Art
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Notes on Alma Thomas' participation in the March on Washington, 1983?. Alma Thomas papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Alma Thomas (1891–1978) lived most of her adulthood in Washington, D.C. first as a student, then later as a teacher and artist. For talented, educated African American women and men such as Thomas, the city offered considerable advantages: she was an active participant in civic, social, and cultural circles. As a painter, she drew inspiration from her environment whether from memories of childhood summers spent in the rural fields of the South, or glimpses of the garden she tended near...