Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Alma Woodsey Thomas
Alma Thomas, nationally known African-American artist, was the eldest of four daughters born to John Maurice Thomas and Amelia Whitaker Cantey. Highly cultured and socially involved, the Thomas family owned this Victorian home in the Rose Hill district, where Thomas was born and lived until the age of 15. Family tradition states that the manuscript for The Souls of Black Folks, by W.E.B. Dubois was typed on the front porch of the Thomas home by Alma Thomas’ cousin, Inez, who was Dubois’ secretary. In 1907, the Thomas family moved from Columbus to Washington, DC to escape racial tension and to seek better educational opportunities. For young Alma, who had demonstrated early artistic interests, the move meant attending a high school that offered art classes. Thomas later entered Howard University and was that school’s very first fine arts graduate.
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Thomas worked as a teacher for over 30 years. Among her accomplishments were the organization of an Arts League and the development of a program to create art galleries within the schools of Washington, DC. Thomas retired from teaching in 1960 to focus on her own art, exploring color, nature, and abstraction as a member of the Washington
Erected 2010 by Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc. and Terry and Shannon Wilson.
Location. 32° 29.05′ N, 84° 59.2′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is at the intersection of 21st Street and 5th Avenue, on the right when traveling west on 21st Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 21st Street, Columbus GA 31904, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Mills (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colored Department of the City Hospital / Doctors and Nurses (approx. half a mile away); Columbus' First Jewish Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Eugene J. Bullard, 1895-1961 / World’s First Black Combat Aviator (approx. half a mile away); Brigadier General Henry Lewis Benning Linwood Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Confederate Dead (approx. 0.6 miles away); This Gun (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
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Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 625 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 10, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.