Mary Church Terrell

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Exhibition Label
Born Memphis, Tennessee
Mary Church Terrell's determination to encourage the development of self-help and social service programs among black women resulted in her founding and presiding over the National Association of Colored Women in 1896. But her life was also dedicated to the achievement of equity for all. Terrell's influence quickly spread across the nation as she eloquently addressed audiences and composed numerous articles, poems, and short stories, which often embodied the themes of race and gender equity. Her autobiography, A Colored Woman in a White World, was published in 1940. In Washington, Terrell served on the D.C. Board of Education for more than ten years and participated in numerous protests to end segregation in restaurants, hotels, and theaters in the city.
Provenance
(Ruth Jasper, Ye Olde Cupboard, Miami); purchased 1996 NPG
Catalog card records that it was consigned by the artist’s step-sister.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Peter Edward Fayard
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
1946
Object number
NPG.96.92
Type
Painting
Culture
Mary Church Terrell: American\African American
Artist
Betsy Graves Reyneau, 1888 - 1964
Sitter
Mary Church Terrell, 23 Sep 1863 - 24 Jul 1954
Topic
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Mary Church Terrell: Female
Mary Church Terrell: Education\Educator\Lecturer
Mary Church Terrell: Education\Educator\Teacher
Mary Church Terrell: Education\Administrator\Board of Education
Portrait
Place
United States\District of Columbia\Washington
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 61.3 x 46.4 x 2.5cm (24 1/8 x 18 1/4 x 1")
Frame: 76.2 x 61 x 8.9cm (30 x 24 x 3 1/2")
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