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Today’s trivia Nov. 9

Aaron Douglas was known as the father of African-American art.

The Topekan drew international attention for his artwork portraying African-American life shortly after the turn of the 20th century.

Douglas' paintings and illustrations depicted slavery, the birth of the blues and skyscrapers. His work appeared on book jackets, in national magazines and as murals on buildings.

Douglas was born in Topeka in 1899, the son of a baker.

He was gifted in art, and his mother encouraged him. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1922, then taught art at a school in Topeka for two years.

He then joined other African-American artists, writers and musicians in Harlem in New York City.

He became the first president of the Harlem Artists Guild, which helped African-American artists obtain projects under the Works Progress Administration.

He was a regular contributor to the NAACP's "The Crisis" magazine and The Urban League's "Opportunity" journal.

Considered among some of his most important works are murals he was commissioned to paint at the Club Ebony in Harlem, the Sherman Hotel in Chicago, the 135th branch of the New York Public Library and the Texas Centennial Exposition.

In 1940, Douglas moved to Nashville, where he founded the art department at Fisk University and taught for 29 years.

Question: Each year, Topeka hosts an art fair. Where is it located in the city?

Beccy Tanner

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