Aaron Douglas

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Birthday
26, 1899
Birthplace
Topeka, KS
Death Date
Feb 3, 1979 (79)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
26, 1899
Birthplace
Topeka, KS
Death Date
Feb 3, 1979 (79)

About

Painter and illustrator associated with the Harlem Renaissance and known for "Power Plant, Harlem" and other works. He was called the Father of African-American Arts.

Before Fame

He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and moved to New York City three years later. His illustrations adorned works by James Weldon Johnson and Countee Cullen.

Trivia

He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1939 and established the Art Department at Fisk University.

Family Life

His parents, Aaron and Elizabeth Douglas, were residing in Topeka, Kansas, when he was born. He inherited his love of painting from his mother.

Associated With

He and Langston Hughes were both well-known figures of the Harlem Renaissance.