Elba Lightfoot

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Elba Lightfoot
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Elba Lightfoot working on Mother Goose Rhymes, 1938 WPA mural at Harlem Hospital, New York, NY. From the collection of the Archives of American Art.
Born 1910 (1910)
Nationality American
Known for Muralist

Elba Lightfoot (born 1910) was an African-American artist known for her work on the WPA murals at Harlem Hospital.[1][2][3] Together with Charles Alston and Augusta Savage, who had experienced discrimination in her artistic career, she founded the Harlem Artists' Guild to work towards equality in WPA art programs in New York.[4][5][6] Elba Lightfoot appears in a group photograph of the artists of the WPA Art Center at 306 W. 141st St., New York.[7]

An 1988 oral history interview of Elba Lightfoot is in the Camille Billops and James V. Hatch Archives at Emory University.[8]


  1. ^ "Elba Lightfoot - Artist, Fine Art, Auction Records, Prices, Biography for Elba Lightfoot". Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Elba Lightfoot, in Full text of "The New Deal fine arts projects : a bibliography, 1933-1992"". Retrieved 2012-02-02.  Berman, Greta. "Walls of Harlem." Arts 52 (October 1977): 122-26. "Account of six African-American artists (Charles Alston, Vertis Hayes, Georgette Seabrooke, Sara Murrell, Selma Day, and Elba Lightfoot) who worked on murals at the Harlem Hospital in 1936.
  3. ^ "Harlem Hospital WPA Murals - The Artists: Introduction". Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  4. ^ "The Sleeper Wakes -- Harlem Renaissance Stories by Women, edited by Marcy Knopf, Foreword by Nellie Y. McKay". Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  5. ^ Pierce, Lemoine (2004). "Charles Alston – An Appreciation". The International Review of African American Art (4): 33–38. 
  6. ^ Wintz, Carrie D. and Paul Finkelman, ed. (2004). "Charles Alston". Encyclopedia of the Harlem Rennassance 1. New York: Routledge. pp. 10–11. ISBN 0-203-31930-3. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ The artists of the 306 W. 141st Street WPA Art Center
  8. ^ "Elba Lightfoot interview, 1988, in Emory FindingAids : Camille Billops and James V. Hatch Archives at Emory University : Series 3: Artist and Influence oral history interviews". Retrieved 2012-02-02. 

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