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An American Thanksgiving for Gwendolyn Bennett in Paris

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

An American Thanksgiving for Gwendolyn Bennett in Paris

Writer and artist Gwendolyn Bennett spent a year in Paris between June 1925 and June 1926.

Portrait of author and artist Gwendolyn Bennett, circa 1920s.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. (1920-1929).
Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/370048f0-0c0f-0131-bd26-58d385a7b928

Only 23 years old at the time, she found very few African-American women in the city and experienced a combination of exhilaration and loneliness. She sought out "hometies" and developed quite a social circle among expatriate Americans, including Harold Jackman, Paul and Esmelda Robeson, and fellow artist, Laura Wheeler.

Bennett also joined the Shakespeare and Company lending library run by American Sylvia Beach. Beach invited her to Thanksgiving dinner that November.

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