In Celebration of Black History Month

February 1st, 2004 until February 28th, 2004

All Day

February 1 – 28, 2004

Giant of the Blues I, II and III by Eric von Schmidt

The exhibit featured the I Have a Dream Series of black and white drawings by Tracy Sugarman, including a portrait of Martin Luther King. Sugarman’s portraits of black inventors were also featured, with contributions from inventors Andrew T. Beard, Lewis Howard Latimer, Elijah McCoy, and Granville T. Woods shown in great detail.

Also on display were several stunning composition studies by Eric von Schmidt, which served as a preview for the exhibit Giants of the Blues 1920-1950, which opened at the Society on September 12, 2004.

Through fascinating excerpts on display, Westport writers Dan Woog and Woody Klein took a look back at 13-1/2 Main Street, Martin Luther King’s visit to Westport, the Intercommunity Camp, and Project Concern. The bold 13-1/2 Main Street painting by early Westport artist J. Clinton Shepherd, on loan from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection, completed the exhibit.

Martin Luther King Jr. by Tracy Sugarman
Inventor McCoy by Tracy Sugarman
Main Street by J. Clinton Sheperd