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L La Salle University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19141
Academic Discovery Program
October 13, 1987

Mr. Harold B. Nelson
Exhibition Program Director
The Art Museum Association of America
270 Sutter Street
San Franiciso, California, 94108

Dear Mr. Nelson:

As of this writing, I have had the pleasure of viewing Hidden Heritage:
Afro-American Art, 1800-1950, three times here in Philadelphia, An extra pleasure was reading over and over David Driskell's book which must be read to fully appreciate the exhibit. I must say, I have enjoyed both exhibit and book beyond measure. It was a waming experience seeing Lois Mailou Jones' " Jennie" a painting I enjoyed on visiting the painter's home in Washington, D.C., on Quincy Street. Other paintings and sculpture in the exhibit, long familiar to me, were brought together in what will remain a historical and aesthetic milestone in the public showing of American Art.

I must say, however , I was disappointed on not seeing something of the work of Wheeler Waring and Henry B. Jones. I can't understand why Mrs. Waring's work was not shown, some of her finest work cetainly was and is available. She was certainly one of the most productive and "accomplished" (for lack of a better word) of painters in her time. Interesting enough, Mrs. Waring was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from which she was awarded the prestigious Cresson Travel Scholarship. The scholarship funded her first travels to Western Europe just prior to World War I. She also studied at the Academic de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris.

I hope you will have the pleasure of seeing her "Portrait of Miss Evangeline R.
Hall, " ( coll. of Cheyney University, Cheyney, Pa), and the portait of James Weldon Johnson and W.E.B. DiBois in the National Portait Gallery. In my view, the portrait of Miss Hall would have been a magnificent addition to the show and should be in the exhibit.

Having been a friend of Mrs. Laura Wheeler Waring and Henry B. Jones, I felt
compelled to pass on my thoughts to you.

Most Sincerely,

Milton Morris James
Coodinator of Tutorial Services
La Salle University


cc: Mrs. Madeline Weeler Murphy
Professor David C. Driskell
Professor Jacqueline J. Bon,emps

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