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Interview: Pleasant Burke, A Man of Peace

Object Details

Creator
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Scope and Contents
Discussion between Zora Martin-Felton and Pleasant Burke about Burke's feelings, insights, and experiences. Some discussion about life at Lorton Reformatory and his return to the community. Pleasant Burke, a painter and resident of Lorton Reformatory, explains his painting and what he communicates to people through his work. Burke talks about his artistic process, the media he works with, why he creates art, and his evolution as an artist. He also talks about the experience of being an artist at Lorton Reformatory, the artistic and creative opportunities at Lorton Reformatory, and his family and life (crime and drugs) prior to his stay at Lorton Reformatory. At the end of the recording, Burke recites a poem he wrote about his painting.
Interview/Discussion. Part of ACM Museum Events, PR, and Ceremonies Recordings. Dated 19740326.
Date
1974
Extent
1 Video recording (open reel, 1/2 inch)
Type
Archival materials
Video recordings
Interviews
Occupation
Artists
Topic
African Americans
African American artists
Prisoners
African American prisoners
Place
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Citation
Interview: Pleasant Burke, A Man of Peace, Record Group AV09-023, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier
ACMA.09-023, Item ACMA AV000799
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