John Henry Adams (1 of 3)

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Title

John Henry Adams (1 of 3)

Subject

Art in African American communities of Jacksonville
African American newspapers and journalists of Jacksonville

Description

Biographical sketch of John Henry Adams, painter of biblical subjects as  Jesus Before Pilate, The Accused Woman, and Christ and Nicodemus, as well as of a life-size portrait of General W. W. Andrews, Grand Chancellor of Knights of Pythias of Florida from 1911 to 1927.

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, in his early professional life Adams was a teacher at Morris Brown College. Later, at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, Adams's talent for drawing was discovered and developed. Encouraged by the celebrated negro artist H.O. Tanner, in 1908 Adams went to Paris to study art, according to the Atlanta Constitution of April 16, 1908 ("Atlanta Negro Artist Will Study In Paris").

Adams illustrated the following volumes of the journal The Crisis, edited by W.E.B. Du Bois: vol. 2, no. 4 (August 1911); vol. 3, no. 3 (January 1912); vol. 3, no. 5 (March 1912); and vol. 5, no. 1 (November 1912).


In 1913, while living in Jacksonville, he sent two of his works to an art exhibit in Philadelphia and was awarded a bronze medal, according to the Tampa Times of January 29, 1924 ("Negro Artist Wins Praise").

Adams was also a journalist, reporting for the Waycross Journal Herald, Macon Telegraph, Atlanta Constitution, Jacksonville Times-Union, and St. Louis Globe-Democrat. According to Viola Muse, he was also a traveling representative of the Voice of the Negro and editor of the "negro weekly" The Florida Sentinel, as well as contributor to the Tampa Bulletin.

Creator

Viola Muse

Source

Jacksonville Historical Society, Viola Muse Collection, Folder 2, Item 8

Publisher

The Viola Muse Digital Edition, University of North Florida

Date

1936-1940

Contributor

Melinda Peacock (document scanning)
Zariah Grant (transcription)
Lucia Mylius (encoding and edition)
Laura Heffernan (edition)
Tru Leverette (edition)
Clayton McCarl (edition)

Rights

Made public online with the permission of the Jacksonville Historical Society

Format

Handwritten, two pages, with damage to edges

Language

EN

Type

Biographical notes
Notes on artwork

Identifier

jhs-195918-02-08

Coverage

20th Century Florida

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Files

jhs-195918-02-08-01.tif
jhs-195918-02-08-02.tif

Collection

Citation

Viola Muse, “John Henry Adams (1 of 3),” The Viola Muse Digital Edition, accessed July 6, 2022, http://violamuse.unfdhi.org/items/show/24.

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