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Augusta Savage

 (1892 - 1962)
Augusta Christine Fells Savage was active/lived in New York, Florida.  Augusta Savage is known for African-American portrait sculpture, educator.

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An African-American sculptor who struggled with poverty and racist attitudes, Augusta Savage became a leading figure among African-American artists.  She was known for her skill with commissioned portrait sculptures, especially ones that emphasized racial identity and were identified with prominent persons in Harlem in New York City.  Later in her career, she focused more on ordinary people and the  integrity of their 'common' position in society.  Her mediums were bronze, clay and plaster.  One of her few surviving pieces is a portrait bust of W.E.B. DuBois in the New York Public Library, 135 Street Branch.

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