Few people ever get to fully follow their passions, and realize their dreams and visions in life. One such fortunate person is Sister Gertrude Morgan, a self-taught African-American artist, preacher, musician, and poet. Born in LaFayette, Alabama, Sister Morgan (April 7, 1900 – July 8, 1980) said that her first vision came in 1934, “Sitting in my kitchen one night, I heard a great strong voice speak to me and say — I’ll make thee as a signet for I have chosen thee.” Sister Morgan received this calling on the 30th day of December, and was instructed to go to New Orleans, and save the folks there. In 1939, she arrived in New Orleans where she spent the remainder of her life painting, preaching, performing, working at an orphanage and providing spiritual guidance for prison inmates.
During her lifetime, Sister Morgan achieved critical acclaim for her folk art paintings. The exhibit features twenty-five of Sister Morgan’s original paintings. These paintings are part of the renowned Montague Collection of African-American History. Come listen to her songs from “Let Us Make a Record,” while you view her life expressions in vivid color. This unique experience awaits you at the Meek-Eaton Black Archives. “Why tarriest thou?”
Free to the general public of all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).