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Kindred Spirits

A Black aunt and niece become accomplished artists in segregated Washington, D.C.

About Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell

Lilian Thomas Burwell recounts the life story of her aunt, unsung artist and educator Hilda Wilkinson Brown, and the influence she had on Burwell’s own career as an abstract expressionist artist. Their lives, works of art and sources of inspiration are presented against the backdrop of a segregated society where marginalized Black artists created their own venues to exhibit their work.

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