Friends and family gathered to pay tribute to the renowned artist and community activist Georgette Seabrooke Powell, at a memorial service held at the Anacostia Community Museum in Southeast on Sept. 30. Powell, who passed away at age 95 in December 2011, was honored for her work as an award-winning artist, art therapist, art educator and advocate.
A graduate of Howard University, Powell also founded Tomorrow's World Art Center, Inc. in 1975, and established "Art in the Park," a community event that featured the work of local artists. Powell's body of work has been displayed globally, but she's credited for breaking the color barrier at Harlem Hospital in New York where her mural "Recreation in Harlem" was finally accepted following a prolonged controversy over its "Negro subject matter." Powell's daughter, Phyllis Manson Washington, and son Richard Powell admire a framed collection of artifacts including Powell's infant pajamas, her birth certificate and other personal memorabilia.