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Abstract Clarence Oliver LaGrone was the first African-American student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he studied with Carl Milles starting in the fall of 1941. Upon completing his studies at Cranbrook, Oliver worked a variety of jobs in order to support his family, including at the Ford Rouge Plant. During the McCarthy era, when Oliver refused to inform on his “communist” contacts in the art world, particularly Paul Robeson, he lost his UAW job. He returned to school, earning the equivalent of...
Dates: 1942 - 1995
Abstract Clarence Oliver LaGrone was a sculptor, poet and teacher, with a lifelong commitment to universal brotherhood. Oliver was active with the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg from 1970 to 1986. The Oliver LaGrone Scholarship Fund was established in 1972 by members of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, PA and in 1974, Oliver contributed the proceeds from the sale of his ‘The Dancer’ sculpture to the fund. The Oliver LaGrone Scholarship Committee was formed to honor him for his spirit, personable...
Dates: 1942 - 2012