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John Wilson

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Phillip Ratner
c. 1977
graphite on paper
Frame: 18 1/4 × 15 1/4 × 3/4 in. (46.4 × 38.8 × 1.9 cm)
John Wilson (1943-1993) was a politician and civil rights activist in Washington, D.C. Wilson grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and left college to become a community organizer. During this time, he met Marion Barry and Frank Smith, friends who helped Wilson become involved with D.C. politics. He moved to the District of Columbia in 1969 to become the legislative director for the National Sharecroppers Fund. In 1971, he worked on Walter E. Fauntroy’s campaign, and was elected to represent Ward 2 on the D.C. Council in 1974 after the city won home rule. Though best known for his work with city finances and the budget, Wilson also championed civil rights. He won the chairman’s seat on the Council in 1990.
In 1977, the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum’s Board of Directors voted to include Wilson’s portrait in “Phil Ratner’s Washington,” an exhibition honoring current and former Anacostia residents who contributed to the civic life of the community.
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