Mural at the Harlem Hospital-When Augusta was in charge of the WPA art program in the 1930s, her artists did murals for this community hospital. They had difficulty getting the mural approved, because it showed black people in professions, like the nurse and doctors.
The owner knew as much as could be known about Augusta Savage seeing as how she was born here about 125 years ago, and being the child of former slaves, no one anticipated that she would be famous someday.
To research my next historical fiction book—Savage Heart—I went to Green Cove Springs in February 2018 to study the town in which she was born.
Since this is the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation, we are seeing a lot about Martin Luther. Pages 212 to 213 in my book Across The Alps, The Secret Life of Albrecht Durer, tells just how quickly things changed almost overnight in Nuremberg when the Reformation took hold. I was quite surprised when I reviewed the historical records.
My latest novel is a Young Adult novel about three teens. It is appropriate for ages twelve to eighteen. Look at https://neverforgetbook.tumblr.com where it can be read for free for now. If a teacher wishes to use it in class and wants a study guide, I can furnish it.
This is a lamassu from the Palace of Sargon II in Khorsbad. I viewed it at the Oriental Institute in Chicago. My newest book is a Young Adult story about the relationship among three teenagers at a local high school. Each one has a different problem. How each one resolves it is the crux of the book. Through an unexpected visit to the Oriental Institute, the three develop a passion to learn more about the history behind this forty thousand pound colossus. I wanted this to be a book about real teenagers and their interactions rather than the more common fantasy story of today.