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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Knoxvillians Explore Beauford Delaney's Montparnasse

A few days ago, I had the distinct honor and pleasure to escort three residents of Knoxville, Tennessee on the Beauford Delaney's Montparnasse walking tour.

From left to right: Tom Whisman, Monique Y. Wells,
Rosa Mar, and Steve Cotham
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Steve Cotham manages the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville. The McClung Historical Collection sponsored the historical marker that honors Beauford and his brother, Joseph, in Knoxville.

I was thrilled to be able to show Steve and his friends, Tom Whisman and Rosa Mar, the two plaques that Les Amis de Beauford Delaney had installed to honor Beauford in Montparnasse.

Rosa Mar at Hôtel Odessa
Photo courtesy of Steve Cotham

Steve Cotham at Hôtel Le M
Photo courtesy of Steve Cotham

I was also thrilled to take the group to Columbia Global Centers | Paris at Reid Hall, the space where the Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color exhibition was held in 2016 and show them several photos of the "Knoxville 11" enjoying the vernissage for that show. Columbia Global Centers | Paris is where the reading for Amazing Grace Is Yellow, Silver Wainhouse's play about Beauford, will take place on October 16, 2019.

Another highlight of the tour was the Montparnasse Cemetery, where James Baldwin would have liked to see Beauford buried. I shared before and after photos of Beauford's grave in Thiais Cemetery and explained the circumstances of his burial.

Beauford’s Unmarked Grave at Thiais Cemetery – July 2009
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Tombstone – August 2010
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A host of Knoxville events honoring Beauford have been scheduled for the next several months. Watch this blog for further information about the ever growing movement to honor him in his hometown!

To find out more about the "Beauford Delaney's Montparnasse" walking tour, send e-mail to .

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