Remembering the Harlem Renaissance

646 WordsFeb 20, 20183 Pages
During the early 1920’s, African American artists, writers, musicians, and performers took part in a cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. This migration took place after World War 1 and brought African Americans of all ages to the city of Harlem located in New York (Holt). There were many inspiring young artists; one of them in particular was Augusta Savage. Augusta Savage was born on February 29, 1892, in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Savage began making art at an early age using clay that she could find. She enjoyed making animals and other small objects yet her father, who was a Methodist minister, did not approve of her hobby. He did all that he could to stop her. Savage once said her father “almost whipped all of the art out of me” (Savage). Even though her father objected her hobby, she continued to make sculptures. The family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 1915. After this move Savage faced a new problem, a lack of clay. She eventually found some clay from a local potter and created a few figures that she entered in a county fair. Her work received a winning prize and the support of George Graham, the fair’s organizer, who encouraged her to study art. Savaged moved to New York City in the 1920’s, but struggled financially throughout her life. She studied at the Cooper Union and she received a scholarship after her first year to help with living expenses. She exceled at the Union and finished in three years instead of the usual four. Savage learned
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