Artist, archivist, art collector, and political historian, William McBride's contribution to the city of Chicago was endless.
As a young artist for the Works Projects Administration, Mr. McBride helped lay the groundwork for the South Side Community Art Center, the only remaining art institution sparked by the WPA.
His art collection once included more than 1,000 paintings from African-American and WPA artists, including Charles White, William Carter, Charles Sebree and Richard Hunt. Some of his collection ended up in major museums and in the collections of Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby.
Mr. McBride was born in Algiers, La., the second of three children of vaudeville performers William and Mary McBride. The famil
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