Women’s History Month Closer


Augusta Savage was a famous African American sculptor and educator. Born and raised in Green Cove Springs, Florida February 29th, 1892. Savage worked towards the African American movement and inspired thousands of African American Artists. Her artistic journey started very early in life. She started off creating small animals out of natural red clay from her hometown. As she got older and her pieces became more detailed, her father began to punish her. 

“My father licked me four or five times a week, and almost whipped all the art out of me” Savage said during an interview. 

But she didn’t let that faze her. She received an opportunity to teach a clay modeling class in high school, which began her lifelong career in teaching. Her successes started small. In 1919, savage was granted a booth at a county fair where she was awarded a $25 prize and a ribbon for the most original exhibit. Savage moved towns and received a grant to attend college, completing a 4-year degree and merely 3 years.  

Savage became the first African-American Artist to be elected as a member of the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors. She created her own establishment, savage Studios of Arts and Crafts, and began teaching there, opening it up to whomever wanted to participate. She opened two galleries which unfortunately later closed due to lack of sales.  

Savage had a school named after her, Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts, located in Baltimore. She also has a sculpture, Gamin, created in 1929 located in the Smithsonian. Savage passed March 27, 1962 in New York, New York. She was a great influence on African American artists and profoundly affected the Harlem Renaissance.   

Born on Feb. 15, 1820, Susan B. Anthony stood for countless movements throughout her life, most of which were for women’s rights acts. She lived the Quaker beliefs, which meant everyone under God is equal. 

 Early in her adulthood, Anthony met Fredrick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, whom of which are very big accommodates in the civil rights movements. This meeting inspired her to become a bigger advocate to help end slavery, which is called an abolition activist.  

She risked going to jail countless times, because it was thought to be improper for women to give public speeches and be so strong in movements like these. Many of her speeches were about demanding for women to have the right to vote, just like men. 

Anthony was arrested for voting in 1872 and was fined for $100. A lot of people thought this was wrong and brought attention the suffrage movement, which was a fight to win women’s right to vote. Devoting her adult life for women across the country to have equal rights, she made numerous changes that are still relevant to this day. Susan B. Anthony is a legend who will never be forgotten for her sacrifices for change.