Romare Bearden spent many summers in Charlotte until the death of great grandparents in 1925. The Kennedy’s – whose photograph was a fixture in Bearden’s NYC studio were property owners and owned a General Store. They were former servants of Dr. Joseph Wilson, the father of President Woodrow Wilson – then with the US Mail Service.
In 1914 they were part of the great Migration north moving to NYC which was his base for the rest of his life. In the Harlem community he lived in an apartment at 154 W. 131 Street. Family life centered round intellectual, artistic and political mainstream of the Harlem Renaissance.
Circle included writers, Hughes, Countee Cullen, George Schuyler; Musicians, Duke Ellington, Thomas Wright ‘Fats’ Waller to name a few.
By the end of the 1930’s Bearden was thoroughly engaged with painting. His extremely sought-after limited edition, signed and numbered lithographs, monoprints and etchings are now available for acquisition through Charlotte Fine Art Gallery.