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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Doll Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Corn Pudding
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/24/1966
Birth Location:
Newark, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Doll Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Corn Pudding
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/24/1966
Birth Location:
Newark
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Biography

Artist Zenobia Grant Washington was born in Newark, New Jersey, on November 24, 1966, to J.H. Grant and Susan Armstrong. She graduated from Winyah Senior High School in Georgetown, South Carolina, in 1984. In 1987, Washington received an
A.A. from the Art and Fashion Institute in Atlanta.

In 1998, Washington was deeply affected by the death of her only brother, Trevor, after which she was inspired to embark on a new phase of her life as an artist. Washington began to create handmade dolls of traditional African American women as "The Healer" and "The Washer Woman" that grew into a successful collection she calls "Women of Inspiration."

Washington took a nine-week entrepreneurial course at the Five Rivers Community Development Corporation's Diamonds in the Rough training program, where she learned to run her own business. She has served on the Five Rivers Community Development Corporation's Board of Directors in every capacity except treasurer. She served as the art and culture editor for the International Association of Special Education's newsletter. Washington's artwork has been featured in numerous art galleries and is enjoyed in many private art collections.

Washington married Willie Washington on October 5, 1991 in Georgetown, South Carolina. They have a daughter, Susan Alexis Washington, who was born in on July 29, 1994.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Zenobia Washington's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Zenobia Washington lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Zenobia Washington describes the plantations where her great grandparents were slaves, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Zenobia Washington describes the plantations where her great grandparents were slaves, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Zenobia Washington describes learning the Gullah/Geechee language
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Zenobia Washington talks about the importance of the Gullah/Geechee language
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Zenobia Washington talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Zenobia Washington talks about her mother's experience as the first woman to work at Georgetown Steel
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Zenobia Washington talks about moving from the Bronx, New York to South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Zenobia Washington describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Zenobia Washington describes the difference between her elementary school in New York City and her schools in Georgetown, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Zenobia Washington describes her experience at Winyah High School in Georgetown, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Zenobia Washington describes her early interest in fashion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Zenobia Washington describes her fashion style at Winyah High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Zenobia Washington talks about her relationship with her grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Zenobia Washington talks about the value of elders and being raised by a close community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Zenobia Washington describes her early career in the jewelry industry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Zenobia Washington describes her life before giving birth to her daughter
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Zenobia Washington describes taking care of her brother when he was dying of AIDS
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Zenobia Washington describes starting to make dolls after her brother's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Zenobia Washington describes her dolls as an homage to the women who raised her
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Zenobia Washington describes the materials she uses when making her dolls
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Zenobia Washington describes the popularity of her dolls
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Zenobia Washington describes her work with as an artist-in-residence in the South Carolina school system, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Zenobia Washington describes her work with as an artist-in-residence in the South Carolina school system, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Zenobia Washington talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Zenobia Washington describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Zenobia Washington reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Zenobia Washington talks about her mother's pride in her
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Zenobia Washington talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Zenobia Washington narrates her photographs