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Gwendolyn Babbit Wall Art

Gwendolyn Bennett (Born in 1902) was born in Giddings, Texas. He was a fiction-writer, poet, visual artist and journalist. She was a noted Harlem Renaissance figure, later helming educational programs. Gwendolyn found success as a poet during the Harlem Renaissance and published pieces like New Negro, The Crisis and Opportunity. She’s also a visual artist as well, and was appointed to head the educational programs for a local African-American community. Gwendolyn also worked in antiques with her second husband. She spent part of her childhood on a reservation for Native Americans in Nevada where her parents were educators. Bennett's mother was awarded custody after their divorce, but she was kidnapped by her father after marrying the second wife. Gwendolyn eventually settled in Brooklyn, where she attended a High School. She was the first African-American to become a member of her school's literature student and theater organizations.

With a passion for the creative arts, she attended Columbia University's Teacher College. Here she studied for awhile and then transferred to Pratt Institute. After her graduation in 1924, she joined the faculty at Howard University for a time. She worked hard and was funded to travel to Paris, taking course work at Julian Academy and the Sorbonne. In 1940, Bennett married Richard Crosscup, fellow educator. The couple formed an interracial union, and they started an antiques business during their retirement. The couple remained together until in 1980 when Crosscup died in Reading, Pennsylvania. Various anthologies contain her literary contributions with her personal and professional papers archived in New York City by the Schomburg Center for Research.

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