(1900 - 1982)
Nellie Mae Rowe was active/lived in Georgia. Nellie Rowe is known for naive figure-genre.
Biography Nellie Rowe
Born on the 4th of July in 1900, self-taught artist Nellie Mae Rowe was the ninth of ten children of Sam and Luella (Swanson) Williams. The family lived on a rented farm in Fayette County, Georgia, a rural community twenty miles south of Atlanta. Sam, born a slave, used his expertise as a blacksmith and basketweaver to augment the family income. Luella was a talented seamstress and quilter, skills she taught to her daughter. The family worshiped at Flat Rock African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest active congregation in the area. The church housed an elementary school that Nellie Mae attended for several years. She married Ben Wheat in 1916, and the childless couple moved to Vinings, a rural community northwest of Atlanta, fourteen y
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