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Judith Wragg Chase

Judith Wragg Chase, museum curator. Recipient Silver Excellence medal Cooper Union Art School, numerous others.


  • Chase, Judith Wragg was born on February 18, 1907 in Augusta, Georgia, United States. Daughter of Samuel Alston and Emma Louise (Sparks) Wragg.

  • Education

    • Student, William Smith College, 1924. Student, Cooper Union Art School, 1927. Bachelor, Syracuse University, 1960.


    • On professional stage, New York City, 1927-1928. Advertising artist Barron Collier, Inc., 1928-1930. Professional artist, illustrator, 1927-1947.

      Free-lance advertising artist Panama, 1931-1933. Art director Fort Benning (Georgia) Children's School, 1930-1931, Manlius (New York ) Military School, 1957-1960. Owner private art school, teacher high school art Charlottesville, Virginia, 1944-1947.

      Housemother Pine Manor Junior College, 1954-1955. Guidance counselor Lancaster (Massachusetts) School for Delinquent Girls, 1956-1957. Museum curator, educational director Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston, South Carolina, since 1960.

      Professional photographer, since 1968. Library director The Old Slave Mart Museum Library. Tour director Chase Teen Tours to Europe, Manlius, New York, summers 1958-1960.

      Lecturer in field.


    • Author: Books to Build World Friendship, 1964, Afro-American Art and Craft, 1972. Contributor to The Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery


    Board trustees Miriam B. Wilson Foundation, Charleston, since 1963. Active Charleston Bi-Centennial Black History Committee. Member American Association State and Local History, South Carolina Hist Society, South Carolina Preservation Society, Southern Association Africanists, Association for Study of Afro-American Life and History, Authors Guild, Authors League American, International Speakers Network, Carolina Art Association, Charleston Library.

    Society, South Carolina Council on Human Rights.


    • Married Richard Chase, July 18, 1931. Children: Richard Conant, Alston Sparks, Pamela Wragg (Mistress Peter Murray Hain).
    • father: Samuel Alston Wragg
    • mother: Emma Louise (Sparks) Wragg
    • spouse: Richard Chase
    • children: Richard Conant Chase
    • Alston Sparks Chase
    • Pamela Wragg Chase (Mistress Peter Murray Hain)
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    Born February 18, 1907
    • 1924
      William Smith College
    • 1927
      Cooper Union Art School
    • 1960
      Syracuse University
    • 1927 - 1928
      On professional stage
    • 1927 - 1947
      professional artist
    • 1928 - 1930
      advertising artist, Barron Collier
    • 1930 - 1931
      art director, Fort Benning (Georgia) Children's School
    • 1931 - 1933
      free-lance advertising artist, Panama
    • 1954 - 1955
      housemother Pine Manor Junior College
    • 1956 - 1957
      guidance counsel, or Lancaster (Massachusetts) School for Delinquent Girls
    • 1957 - 1960
      art director, Fort Benning (Georgia) Children's School
    • 1968
      professional photographer
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