Charles Wilbert White

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Charles White
Born Charles Wilbert White
(1918-04-02)April 2, 1918
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died October 3, 1979(1979-10-03) (aged 61)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American
Known for Painting

Charles Wilbert White (April 2, 1918 – October 3, 1979) was an American artist born in Chicago. He was known for his WPA era murals.

Early Life and Education[edit]

White was briefly married to famed sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett in 1941 and they moved to New Orleans. During their stay, they both taught at Dillard University. Beyond this, he also taught at the Otis Art Institute from 1965 to his death in 1979.[1]

His work was featured in Two Centuries of Black American Art, LACMA's first exhibition devoted exclusively to African-American Artists.[2]

White's best known work is The Contribution of the Negro to American Democracy, a mural at Hampton University [3] depicting a number of notable blacks including Denmark Vesey, Nat Turner, Peter Salem, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Marian Anderson.


  1. ^ Mary Sherwood Brock, Otis Connections/ LA Printmaking in the 1960s
  2. ^ "Checklist of Artworks:" (PDF). LACMA. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hocker, Cliff. "VMFA Focus on African American Art". International Review of African American Art. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 

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