Margaret Taylor-Burroughs

Margaret Taylor-Burroughs

Margaret Taylor-Burroughs is a prominent African-American artist and writer born on November 1, 1917 in Saint Rose, Louisiana, United States. By the time she was a teenager, the family had moved to Chicago, where Margaret attended high school. She graduated at Chicago Teachers College and then earned her Bachelors and Masters in Fine Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago. Taylor-Burroughs married Bernard Goss in 1939. They later divorced. She married Charles Gordon Burroughs in 1949.

Taylor-Burroughs taught at DuSable High School for 23 years. From 1969 to 1979, she taught humanities at Kennedy-King College, a community college in Chicago. She and her husband co-founded what is now called the DuSable Museum of African-American Art in Chicago in 1961. For the first ten years of its existence, the museum operated out of the Burroughs' home and Taylor-Burroughs served as executive director. In 1989 Taylor-Burroughs won the Paul Robeson Award.

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