Birth of Romare Bearden
Artist Romare Bearden was born September 2, 1911, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bearden’s family moved to New York City’s Harlem to escape the restrictive Jim Crow laws in the South. Bearden’s mother was a newspaper editor, and hosted well-known artists like jazz musician Duke Ellington and poet Langston Hughes. This early exposure led to Bearden’s lifelong interest in jazz and literature.