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.
- [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.