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Untitled (Playhouse and Cross)

Folk and Self-Taught Art
Drawing on cardboard of a large flower with red and blue petals, with a red barn and blue cross below.

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Untitled (Playhouse and Cross)

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Nellie Mae Rowe
American, 1900–1982


before 1978


Crayon and pencil on cardboard

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Currently Out on Loan


The population of Vinings was in the hundreds when Rowe moved to it around 1930, following her nephew Joe Brown Sr., who had already relocated there. They were part of a small settlement of Black families that relied on a segregated school, two churches, and a cemetery. Her second husband, Henry Rowe, is buried in that cemetery, which was just up a hill from her home. In this early drawing of her Playhouse, she celebrates the cemetery’s proximity and holy presence through the crucifix and radiating floral form in the sky.


Gift of Judith Alexander

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© Estate of Nellie Mae Rowe/High Museum of Art, Atlanta.