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Interview: Pleasant Burke, A Man of Peace

Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Subject:
Burke, Pleasant
Martin-Felton, Zora
Lorton Reformatory
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Physical description:
1 open reel 1/2 inch video recording
Culture:
African American
Type:
Video recordings
Interviews
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1974
Notes:
Title created by ACMA staff based on transcription on physical asset and contents of recording.
Summary:
Discussion between Zora Martin-Felton and Pleasant Burke about Burke's feelings, insights, and experiences. Some discussion about life at Lorton Reformatory and his return to the community. Pleasant Burke, a painter and resident of Lorton Reformatory, explains his painting and what he communicates to people through his work. Burke talks about his artistic process, the media he works with, why he creates art, and his evolution as an artist. He also talks about the experience of being an artist at Lorton Reformatory, the artistic and creative opportunities at Lorton Reformatory, and his family and life (crime and drugs) prior to his stay at Lorton Reformatory. At the end of the recording, Burke recites a poem he wrote about his painting.
Interview/Discussion. Part of ACM Museum Events, PR, and Ceremonies Recordings. Dated 19740326.
Cite as:
Interview: Pleasant Burke, A Man of Peace, Record Group AV09-023, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
African Americans
Artists
African American artists
Prisoners
African American prisoners
Local number:
ACMA AV000799
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Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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