(February 29, 1892 – March 27, 1962)
, born Augusta Christine Fells was an African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance.
She was also a teacher and her studio was important to the careers of a
rising generation of artists who would become nationally known. She
worked for equal rights for African Americans in the arts.
In 1907, Augusta Fells married John T. Moore. Her only child, Irene
Connie Moore, was born the next year. John died shortly after.
She married again to James Savage in 1915, she kept the last name throughout her life. She than remarried again in 1923, Savage married Robert Lincoln Poston, a protégé of Garvey. Poston died of pneumonia aboard a ship while returning from Liberia as part of a Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League delegation in 1924.
In 1945, Savage retired from the art world. She taught art to children
and wrote children’s stories before she died in March 1962.
The Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts, a Baltimore, Maryland public high school, is named in her honor.