The Tar Baby and the Tomahawk: Race and Ethnic Images in American Children's Literature, 1880-1939

Laura Wheeler Waring

Laura Wheeler Waring (1887-1948) was a successful and influential artist of the Harlem Renaissance. Waring was among the artists displayed in the country’s first all African American art exhibit in 1927. She was especially known for her portraits of exemplary African Americans. Her illustrations appear extensively throughout The Brownies Book. Waring worked as director of the art department at Pennsylvania's Cheyney State Teachers College until her death in 1948.