11Alive salutes historic South-View Cemetery, one of America's oldest African-American Cemeteries. Jewell Woodard Simon, sculptor, painter and print-maker is buried here.
Jewell Woodard Simon was a sculptor, painter, musician, songwriter, printmaker and civic leader. She drew on her love of nature and strong spirituality to create art that she referred to as “enduring, quiet comments on the social scene.”
A native of Houston, Texas, Jewell studied with noted artists Alice Dunbar and Hale Woodruff at Spelman College. She was the first African-American to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Atlanta School of Art in 1967.
She began exhibiting her work nationally and internationally in 1934, and her art is held in some of the world’s most distinguished collections, including the Carnegie Institute and the University of Chicago.