Over 6,500 Colored Students Enrolled in WPA Art Classes [official Federal Works Agency press release].
Over 6,500 Colored Students Enrolled in WPA Art Classes [official Federal Works Agency press release].

Over 6,500 Colored Students Enrolled in WPA Art Classes [official Federal Works Agency press release].


Second World War-era circular or press release issued by the Work Projects Administration (WPA) touting the fact that 6,655 enrollees in its Art Program (over 22%) were African Americans. “Among the nineteen states where the Art Program provided classes for colored pupils, Louisiana led with 1,981 students of the Race.”

Other leading states included North Carolina, New York (City), the District of Columbia, Illinois, Mississippi, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Missouri, places representing both the Old South and new centers of African American migration.

Individual African American artists aided by the WPA and named in the press release include painters Dox Thrash, Eldzier Cortor, Walter Ellison, and Palmer Hayden and Harlem muralist Georgette Seabrooke.


Description: Over 6,500 Colored Students Enrolled in WPA Art Classes [official Federal Works Agency press release].

[Washington, D.C.: Federal Works Agency, Work Projects Administration, 1942]. [1]p. Circular or Press Release. Quarto. Mimeographed or mechanically-reproduced witth handwritten date of issue, “Jan. 19, 1942.” Folds, light tanning at folds, darker on verso; very good.

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