Born in the south before women had the right to vote and decades before civil rights for African Americans, Augusta Savage (1892 – 1962) remains a celebrated American arist. She survived poverty, criticism and discrimination to become a nationally renowned sculptor. Her talent was recognized when she was young and as early as high school, Augusta began teaching art to others. Some of her students also became widely known. When she was denied admittance to a program abroad because of her race, and then again due to lack of funds, her peers and community contributed for her to attend art school in Paris. She repaid the favor in the creation of such works as La Citadelle Freedom and The Harp.
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