Twenty Hat Ladies are featured in this 20-month 11" x 17" color calendar. There is plenty of space to write in special dates, notes, and reminders.
$26 each, (allow 6 - 14 days for delivery).
$18 each if picked up.
Black African American Women and Their Hats
Twenty watercolor portraits of local “Hat Ladies” by artist, Ronald Malone. The exhibition is on display until August 2022, Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm.
The Polk County History Center
Contact Bartholomew Delcamp, Curator of Collection & Exhibitions, Polk county History Center
100 E Main St, Bartow, FL 33830. Phone: 863-534-4386
The Hat Lady Portrait Series
Ron’s inspiration for the “Hat Lady” portrait series began after seeing two women with their family walk into the local Publix supermarket dressed in their “Sunday-best” and wearing beautiful hats. He was mesmerized by the beauty of this sight. After a little research, and with the help of Charles Luster, curator for the Luster African American Museum in Bartow, he discovered a fascinating history of Black American women who wore beautiful hats. Black women enslaved during the 17th and 18th century enjoyed dressing up for the weekly church service including wearing beautiful, elaborate hats.