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Clyde Connell (1998)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Belcher, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, New York City, New York

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1998-05-17

Duration: 00:28:24

Subjects: Connell, Clyde, 1901-1998 | Arts | ARTISTS | Sculptors | Women's rights | Civil Rights | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Great Depression


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Connell, Clyde Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from May 17, 1998, features an interview with Clyde Connell conducted by Gus Weill. Connell, a native of Belcher, is a sculptor and civil rights activist. She discusses: the origin of her name; her interactions with Civil War survivors, including their thoughts on the South; the opportunities for women at the time; her initial interest in art; seeing art during her trips to New York; her civil rights activism; the political aspects of her art; her trip to Dallas to see a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the inspiration for her art; the Great Depression; women’s suppression; the effect of war on her art; her advice to young artists; having her work displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; her friendship with actress Lily Tomlin; her plans for her next series; and the danger of studying other artists.