Happy Birthday Alma Thomas!! African American, Alma Thomas was an educator as well as an artist. She was born in 1891, to a businessman and his wife who was a dressmaker. Alma was exposed to many cultural events and activities, so developed a wide world view. Seeking a more peaceful life away from the racial prejudice of the South, her parents moved the family to Washington D. C. where Alma remained for the rest of her life. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Howard University, in Washington D.C., she went on to teach art until retiring in 1960 to pursue her own art. She was the first African American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Her work is colorful, abstract, such as the detail from the painting The Eclipse, included below.