Clementine Hunter (1887-1988)
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Born in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, Clementine Hunter was an African American folk artist. Inspired by her own experience, Hunter's artwork depicted plantation life in the early 20th century. The plantation she was raised on was said to be the inspiration for Uncle Tom's Cabin. She continued to live and work on the plantation and never learned to read or write. In her 50's she learned to paint unsing supplies left behind by artists that had visited the plantation. She sold some her early works for 25 cents, and towards the end of her life, her work was being sold by dealers for thousands. In 1986, she was granted an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree by Northwestern State University of Louisiana.