Chicago's own, Margaret Burroughs
*Margaret Taylor Burroughs was born on this date in 1917. She is an African-American artist, educator and writer.
From St. Rose Parish, Louisiana, Burroughs graduated from Chicago Teachers' College in 1937, then received an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1948. During the '40s she taught art in Chicago elementary schools, and published her first children's book, Jasper, the Drummin' Boy (1947). Burroughs was known in the Chicago area as the founder, along with her husband, Charles, of the DuSable Museum of African American History. Opened in the couple's South Side house in 1961 as the Ebony Museum of African American History, the collected artifacts expressed Burroughs' commitment to exploring and sharing the cultural heritage of African Americans.
In 1967, she and Dudley Randall edited an anthology called For Malcolm: Poems on the Life and Death of Malcolm X, and published several volumes of her own poetry. Burroughs' art works in diverse media have been exhibited internationally.
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