07 February 2011

Caleb Goes Back to Harvard

My writer friend Debra Simes sent me an urgent message this afternoon letting me know that she was listening an interview on a local PBS show about a new portrait of Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck that was just commissioned for Harvard. She remembered that Caleb was pictured in my Caleb and Joel Went to Harvard print (below).


I missed the broadcast, but about an hour later it turned up online, an interview on the Callie Crossley Show with Dr. S. Allen Counter, who as director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations has been commissioning portraits of distinguished minorities to hang on Harvard's walls.

A portrait of Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard, is unveiled in Annenberg Hall. Tia Ray '12 (from left), Tiffany Smalley '11, Tommy Miller '11, and Allen Counter unveil the portrait before the gathered crowd. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

On December 16, 2010, the Foundation unveiled a new portrait, shown above, of Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. You can read the story here. I can't locate a better shot of the portrait, painted by Stephen Coit, but you can see that although the tone is a bit different than the tone of my print we've both pictured Caleb in the same outfit.

I'm glad Caleb is finally getting some love.

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