Minnie Evans possibly at the gatehouse at Airlie Gardens Estate.
Minnie Eva Jones (1892-1987) was born in the Long Creek Community of Pender County, NC. In 1908, she married Julius Evans, who worked for the Pembroke Jones family. Minnie also worked for the family from 1948 through 1974 as the gatekeeper for Airlie Gardens, their estate. On Good Friday 1935, Minnie had a "religious experience" which directed her to begin drawing, mostly primitive landscapes and surrealistic drawings. In 1956, she was discovered by an art gallery owner from New York who helped her arrange her first major show. Minnie Evans is buried in Calvary Memorial Cemetery in Wilmington. Her works can be seen at the Cameron Art Museum (originally St. John's Museum of Art).
Evans, Minnie, 1892-1987; African American painters; Women artists; Artists; African American women
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