HARP by sculptor Augusta Savage 1939

In 1939, Augusta Savage was commissioned to create a sculpture for the New York World’s Fair. Titled The Harp, the work was strongly influenced by James Weldon Johnson’s 1900 song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”  The sculpture depicted a group of twelve stylized black singers in graduated heights that symbolized the strings of the harp. The sounding board was formed by the hand and arm of God, and a kneeling man holding music represented the foot pedal.   Sadly the sculpture was demolished at the end of the fair.

But the image and its symbolism remain as a catalyst to live and act #BlackLivesMatter


One Reply to “HARP by sculptor Augusta Savage 1939”

  1. emory murray

    Does anyone know where I can purchase a statue of
    ‘The Harp’ by Augusta Savage aka ‘ Lift every voice
    and sing’

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