Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell


Summers at Oak Bluffs

During the summer months, Hilda Wilkinson Brown traveled to Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard, one of the few beach destinations where African Americans could vacation during segregation. Her paintings were inspired by the landscape and the beachgoers.

AIRED: February 03, 2021 | 0:01:00

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- [Lilian] Uncle Schley built a cottage

for Hilda on Oak Bluffs,

which was part of Martha's Vineyard, where every summer,

when school was out, she headed to Oak Bluffs.

It was very well known as an escape place

for more privileged African Americans

who weren't accepted other places.

- I think in one phase of her work,

particularly when she went for the summer excursions,

or living up at Martha's Vineyard,

there may have been more of a freedom in her work,

a kind of a replenishing of ideas,

a redefinition of subject matter.

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