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Barbara Chase-Riboud (born June 26, 1939) is an American visual artist and sculptor, novelist, and poet. After becoming established as a sculptor and poet, Chase-Riboud gained widespread recognition as an author for her novel Sally Hemings (1979). It earned the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize in Fiction, and became an international success. Chase-Riboud's novel about Sally Hemings generated discussion about the likely relationship between the young enslaved woman and her master, Thomas Jefferson, who became president of the United States. Mainline historians rejected Chase-Riboud's portrayal and persuaded CBS not to produce a planned TV mini-series adapted from the novel. Following DNA analysis of descendants in 1998, the Jefferson-Hemings relationship is widely accepted by historians as fact, including those who had objected before.
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Barbara Chase-Riboud is an African-American sculptor from Philadelphia. She received a B.F.A. from Temple University and an M.F.A. from Yale. Chase-Riboud works primarily in bronze; she is also a writer of novels.
American, African American
Artist, Writer, Sculptor
Barbara Chase-Riboud, Barbara Dewayne Chase-Riboud, Barbara Chase, Barbara née Chase, B. Chase-Riboud, Barbara Chase- Riboud, Barbara Chase Riboud, Barbara Riboud
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