Born in Canada in 1828 to a father from Barbados and a woman of unknown origin, Edward Mitchell Bannister moved first to Boston and then to Providence, where he lived for over thirty years. (His wife Christiana, a self-proclaimed Hair Doctress, was African-American/Narragansett and from Narragansett lands originally.) In 1876, Bannister became the first black artist to ever receive a national award, and his career as a landscape painter took off. There’s a remarkable exhibition right now featuring around twenty of Bannister’s paintings, many of which are landscapes from rural Rhode Island and Massachusetts. As a whole they’re quite impressive.
Note: $10 gets you into the gallery, with the option of an hour-long tour of the museum and grounds.