Scholar Discovers the Only Known Painting of the Harlem Renaissance’s Gwendolyn Bennett

Belinda Wheeler, assistant professor of English at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, is completing a book on Gwendolyn Bennett, a writer of the Harlem Renaissance period. Bennett published 22 poems and several short stories in African American journals and magazines. She wrote an arts column called “The Ebony Flute” for the magazine Opportunity. Bennett was also a co-editor of the literary journal Fire!!

Bennett had studied art at Columbia University and the Sorbonne and taught art at Howard University. But almost all of her artwork was destroyed in a fire. But during her research, Dr. Wheeler came upon the only known painting by Bennett.

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