In Memoriam
African-American Artists at Westbeth

Madeleine Yayodele Nelson

Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
Off the Grid Blog
Lannyl Stephens
June 8, 2020

It was a project like no other before. The first subsidized housing for artists in the United States, offering affordable housing and work space in New York City, Westbeth is a large scale adaptive reuse of an industrial building for both artistic and residential purposes. And it celebrates 50 years of life this year.

We are proud to highlight the remarkable history of Westbeth throughout this year on its golden anniversary. Today’s post is in memoriam of all the African American artists who lived and worked at this place of great diversity and creativity. We honor and salute them for the contributions they made to our society and hope that our post will encourage you to take a further look at their work and their lives.

Article includes:
Benny Andrews
George Barrow
Patti Bown
Carole Byard
Carol Cole
Moses Gunn
Hugh Hurd
Gilbert Moses
Madeleine Yayodele Nelson
Cordell Reagon
Freddie Waits
Dudley Williams

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