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Oral History: HORTENSE WILLIAMS POWELL 
Artist: Mark Spelker
Title: The Scholarship, 2015, fused glass, ribbon, sticker, 3/4”x6”x 9”

Oral History: HORTENSE WILLIAMS POWELL
Artist: Mark Spelker
Title: The Scholarship, 2015, fused glass, ribbon, sticker, 3/4”x6”x 9”

“The Scholarship,” consists of four pages of fused black and white glass pieces scattered throughout each page. When stacked on top of one another the the overlap of black and white pieces overlap. The final black page has a certificate sticker that has been torn in half to relate to the portion of Hortense Williams Powell’s interview on which I based my book. Powell, born and raised in Newark, spoke about a scholarship for medical school that she and another student, who was white, received. Instead of going to Powell, who was the most deserving of it, the scholarship was split between them based solely on the fact that Powell was black.

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