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The Art Story: Works Progress Administration (WPA)

The Art Story: Works Progress Administration (WPA)

A #leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't want to go, but ought to be.

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't want to go, but ought to be. #leadership #quote

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Francine Everett (April 13, 1915 – May 27, 1999) was an African-American actress and singer who is best known for her performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts that were created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences. She studied and acted with the Federal Theater in Harlem, which was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration.

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Stunning pictures of men and women who were born into slavery and photographed more than seventy years after being freed

This woman is one of the last faces of slavery. In the 1920s and 1930s, an interest in slave narratives was rekindled, and as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Progress Administration, more than 2,000 first-person accounts of slavery were collected, as well as 500 black and white photographs. Most were in their 80s and 90s.

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