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Augusta Savage (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.[8] 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.


Happy 129th birthday, Marcus Garvey!

Stamp details:
Issued on: August 17, 1987
From: Kingston, Jamaica
MC #677-678

Carlos A. Cooks was born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic on June 23, 1913 to parents from St. Martin. He died in Harlem, New York, on May 5, 1966. He was a key link in the history of Black American nationalism between Marcus Garvey before him and Malcolm X, whom he influenced. He was also a member and leading figure of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA) branches in Harlem and San Pedro de Macoris.