I have yet to run across the progressive African Americans that made it to the World’s Fair in history books (I’m still in my early stages). However, Ethel Worthington, the Great Aunt of artistic genius, Kenneth Worthington,was the first black woman to display art at the Columbia Exposition. This artist and photographer made fine China. She did everything from start to finish – fired it; glazed it; and painted it. That’s talent!
Here is Ms. Ethel featured on the front page of the Pullman Porter’s Review in October of 1916. She went on to sell and display art work at Chicago Marshall Fields Store on State Street in Chicago.