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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Lavender
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Don't Move When You're Eighty.

Birthplace

Born:
5/20/1922
Birth Location:
Charleston, West Virginia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Lavender
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Don't Move When You're Eighty.

Birthplace

Born:
5/20/1922
Birth Location:
Charleston
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Biography

Arts educator Della Hardman was born on May 20, 1922, in Charleston, West Virginia; her mother, Captolia Brown, was a teacher, and her father, Anderson Hunt Brown, owned a meat market in Charleston and later worked as a realtor for fifty years. Following the death of her mother, Hardman was raised by her aunt Della Brown, a teacher who always encouraged her young niece to pay attention in school, especially in history. After graduating from Garnet High School in 1940, Hardman enrolled in West Virginia State College, where she earned her B.S. degree in education in 1943. From there, Hardman continued her education at the Massachusetts College of Art, and earned her M.A. degree from Boston University in 1945. Hardman continued on with her education throughout her lifetime, earning her Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1994; she also attended numerous educational institutes both in the United States and abroad.

While attending college, Hardman worked throughout the summers at her father’s real estate office, where she was a licensed real estate broker in West Virginia until 1986. In 1952, Hardman took a position with the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, where she remained for two years; from there, she began teaching art in the Boston Public Schools. In 1956, Hardman became an associate professor of art at West Virginia State College; she continued in that post for the next thirty years. During her tenure at West Virginia State College, Hardman also lectured at a number of other universities and art galleries. Concurrently, Hardman hosted The Black Experience on WKAZ in Charleston between 1978 and 1988.

Throughout the course of her life, Hardman served actively with a number of groups, including acting as a chairperson of the board of trustees of the Charleston Art Gallery, and being a member of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and the National Association of Art Administrators. Hardman was recognized as an Alumna of the Year by her alma mater, West Virginia State College; as the Outstanding Art Educator by the NAEA; and was named commissioner of the West Virginia Arts and Humanities Council by Governor John D. Rockefeller.

Hardman traveled extensively around the globe, and was the proud mother of three, including HistoryMaker Andrea Taylor and grandmother of seven; she passed away on December 13, 2005, at the age of eighty-three.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Della Hardman's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Della Hardman lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Della Hardman talks about her maternal family background and the history of African Americans in Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Della Hardman remembers her maternal grandparents and an uncle's familial research
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Della Hardman talks about her mother's life and art
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Della Hardman remembers learning about her mother through memories shared by others in her community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Della Hardman shares her paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Della Hardman talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Della Hardman talks about her father's real estate and business ventures
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Della Hardman recalls her earliest childhood memories of Charleston, West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Della Hardman describes her paternal aunt's personality and influence on her life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Della Hardman recalls a trip to Ghana with her father and her daughter around 1964
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Della Hardman remembers her father's successes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Della Hardman talks about her father and brother's participation in civil rights activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Della Hardman remembers the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Della Hardman recalls music, sports and teachers in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Della Hardman remembers attending the First Baptist Church in Charleston, West Virginia when it was pastored by Mordecai Johnson and Vernon Johns
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Della Hardman remembers notable West Virginians
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Della Hardman talks about James Produce Company, the oldest continuously operating black business in the U.S.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Della Hardman talks about attending Boyd School in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Della Hardman remembers her close-knit community, teachers and class trips during her time at Garnet School and Boyd School in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Della Hardman remembers the March on Washington in 1963
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Della Hardman recalls being reared by her Aunt Della
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Della Hardman recalls an influential art teacher at Garnet High School in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Della Hardman talks about her experience growing up black in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Della Hardman recalls her experience attending Garnet High School in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Della Hardman talks about her father and brother's avoidance of arrest while integrating parts of Charleston, West Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Della Hardman remembers her father's insistence that she attend West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Della Hardman recalls others who attended West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Della Hardman talks about learning black history from her aunt and father and hosting a radio program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Della Hardman explains how she was able to interview Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Della Hardman talks about her radio show, 'The Black Experience' and how she finds interviewees
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Della Hardman recalls her summer college job and moving to Boston, Massachusetts to study art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Della Hardman recalls her experience living in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Della Hardman talks about her marriage to her first husband, Francis Taylor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Della Hardman talks about being hired to work at the Fogg Museum at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Della Hardman explains how teaching art at West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia led to her world travels
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Della Hardman remembers Hoyt Fuller
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Della Hardman talks about attending the World Festival of Black Arts (FESMAN) in Dakar, Senegal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Della Hardman talks about attending Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC '77) in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Della Hardman remembers travelling in South Korea as part of the Friendship Force International
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Della Hardman remembers her first husband's death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Della Hardman talks about her art career and her experience teaching at West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Della Hardman recalls spending her sabbatical year at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Della Hardman talks about the life and works of William Edouard Scott
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Della Hardman talks about taking her students at West Virginia State College to Europe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Della Hardman talks about retiring from pottery-making and starting her radio show the 'Black Experience' in 1978
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Della Hardman explains how childhood visits to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts led to her buying a home there
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Della Hardman talks about her trips to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts as an adult and buying property on the island
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Della Hardman explains why she loves Martha's Vineyard and Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Della Hardman talks about writing for the Vineyard Gazette
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Della Hardman describes her stories in the Vineyard Gazette featuring HistoryMaker Bill Overton and HistoryMaker Robert C. Hayden
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Della Hardman talks about reuniting with Leon Hardman
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Della Hardman talks about her marriage to Leon Hardman
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Della Hardman talks about her children and grandchildren
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Della Hardman describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Della Hardman reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Della Hardman reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Della Hardman talks about her family's support for her
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Della Hardman names notable and memorable students
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Della Hardman describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Della Hardman narrates her photographs