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She was born on October 8, 1940, in Fuquay, North Carolina. Her father, Walter Buchanan, was dean of the School of Agriculture at South Carolina University in Orangeburg, and she grew up on its campus. In 1958, Buchanan enrolled in Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, from which she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in art in 1962. She received a Master of Science degree from Columbia University in New York City in 1968. By the 1970s, she was fascinated with structures and buildings and how they reflected the people who built and lived in them.

Tanner. David Bustill Bowser died on July 2, 1900. Further Reading Lewis, Samella. African American Art and Artists. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003, p. 20. Riggs, Thomas, ed. St. James Guide to Black Artists. : St. James Press, 1997, p. 66. Brandon-Croft, Barbara (1958– ) cartoonist, illustrator The first female African-American cartoonist to be nationally syndicated, Barbara Brandon-Croft is the creator of the weekly comic strip Where I’m Coming From, a witty mixture of social commentary and humor from the perspective of young black women.

Further Reading Sullivan, George. Black Artists in Photography, 1840– 1940. New York: Cobblehill Books, 1996, pp. 71–82. Willis, Deborah. Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers from 1840 to the Present. New York: W. W. Norton, 2002, pp. 14, 37, 38–39, 44–45, 46, 47, 49–53. Bearden, Romare (Fred Romare Howard Bearden) (1911–1988) painter, collagist, printmaker, art historian A major innovator in American 20th-century art, Romare Bearden plumbed the African-American experience in a wide range of styles from social realism to abstract expressionism to his own unique collage-paintings.

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