NEA National Heritage Fellowships

NEA National Heritage Fellowships 1983

  • Ruth Mildred Barker was born February 3, 1897. She was a child when she was drawn to the Shaker...

  • Rafael Cepeda was born July 10, 1910, in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Following the examples of his ancestors, Cepeda learned...

  • Ray Hicks was born August 28, 1922, in Banner Elk, North Carolina, a few miles from the North Carolina-Tennessee...

  • Stanley Hicks was born in 1911 in Wautauga County, North Carolina, in an area first settled by his great-grandfather,...

  • John Lee Hooker was born August 17, 1917, in Coahoma County near Clarksdale, Mississippi. He was one of 11...

  • Miguel "Mike" Manteo was born September 2, 1909, in Medosa, Argentina. His parents, originally from Catania, Sicily, moved to...

  • Narciso Martínez

    Narciso "Chicho" Martínez was born October 29, 1911, in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, across the border from McAllen, Texas, in...

  • Quillian Lanier Meaders was born on October 4, 1917, near Cleveland, in northern Georgia. At one time, the area...

  • Simon St. Pierre was born in Quebec on February 26, 1930. As a child, he liked to listen to...

  • Almeda Riddle was born November 21, 1898, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains and lived in White and...

  • Joe Shannon was born in 1920 near Kiltimagh, in County May, Ireland. All of his seven older brothers played...

  • Alex Stewart was born January 24, 1891, in Hancock County, Tennessee. He was the third generation of his family...

  • Ada V. Thomas was born July 31, 1924, on the Chitimacha Reservation, one mile west of Charenton, Louisiana, in...

  • Lucinda Hodrick Toomer was born February 5, 1888, on a cotton and peanut farm in Stewart County, Georgia. The...

  • Lem Ward was born September 19, 1896, in the Crisfield, Maryland, region of Chesapeake Bay. Lem and his brother,...

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