In his poem “The Hoosier Folk-Child,” native son James Whitcomb Riley paid tribute to his state in describing the riches of nature available to a young Indianian: “ … He owns nor princely robe nor crown;—/Yet, draped in patched and faded brown,/He owns the bird-songs of the hills—/The laughter of the April rills; ... ” Such treasures of the land are devotedly depicted in works by John Wesley Hardrick (1891-1968). In addition to his skill as a painter, Hardrick was also noteworthy as an African American artist who contributed to the cultural renaissance that occurred in early decades of the 20th century in the African American community.
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