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Augusta Savage

Augusta Savage was a famous sculptor of the Harlem Renaissance. This sculpture is known as "Gamin". It is actually a bust inspired by her nephew. This piece earned her a big break in the art industry

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Augusta Savage (Feb 29, 1892 – March 26, 1962) was an African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a teacher and her studio was important to the careers of a rising generation of artists who would become nationally known. She worked for equal rights for African Americans in the arts.

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"Lift Every Voice and Sing" sculpture was designed as a temporary installation in the 1939 World's Fair, by Harlem Renaissance artist and sculptress Augusta Savage. This piece stood 16 feet tall. Sadly, like many fair displays it was destroyed at the close of the event. Thankfully we have this photo, that the whole world can enjoy it now and forever.

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"Born in 1892, sculptor Augusta Savage fought poverty, racism and sexism to become a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Her extraordinary talent opened many doors that led to her becoming one of the most influential black teachers of her time and a strong voice for civil rights."

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Watch Augusta Savage at work in her studio. Absolutely moving to watch this Harlem Renaissance artist at work.

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