Margaret Burroughs Collection
Margaret Burroughs was born in St. Rose, Louisiana, on November 1, 1917, and moved with her family to the South Side of Chicago in 1922. Burroughs studied at Englewood High School and also attended George Neal's art classes. Her earliest involvement in political activism began when she and classmate Gwendolyn Brooks joined the NAACP Youth Council. She studied at Chicago State and became an art teacher at DuSable High School. She married fellow artist Bernard Goss in 1939, and their coach-house flat became a social center, dubbed “little Bohemia,” for a wide and interracial circle of friends and colleagues. Burroughs worked tirelessly to establish the South Side Community Art Center which opened in 1940  and became the youngest member of its board. She also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and received her MFA in 1948. During her travel to Mexico she studied at the Esmerelda School of Art and Taller de Grafica under Leopoldo Mendez, a prominent printmaker of the Diego Rivera circle. The Mexican muralists use of social commentary inspired her work. Burroughs worked in many mediums, showing special facility in water colors and linocut print-making. She is also an accomplished poet and author of children's books. In 1961, with second husband Charles Burroughs, she founded the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. The linocuts on this display were donated by the artist during her visit to Oakton on March 14, 2008. Margaret Burroughs died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010


Margaret Burroughs works are on display at the Des Plaines Campus in the balcony above the museum, and in the Skokie Campus near the cafeteria.
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Margaret Burroughs signing the linocuts at Oakton on March 14, 2008
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Margaret Burroughs 
The Pharaoh, c. 1990s 
Linocut, 16-1/4" x 13" 
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Margaret Burroughs 
Queen of Nigeria, c. 1990s
Linocut, 22-3/4" x 15-3/4"
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Margaret Burroughs 
The faces of my People, c. 1990s
Linocut, 16-1/2" x 21-1/2"
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
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Margaret Burroughs 
Faces a La Picasso, c. 1990s
Linocut, 14-1/4" x 19-1/2"
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Margaret Burroughs 
Faces a La Picasso, c. 1990s
Lithograph,  14-1/2" x 23"
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Margaret Burroughs 
Head of a Woman, c. 1990s
Linocut, 20-1/2" x 15-3/4"
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
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Margaret Burroughs 
Sojourner Truth, c. 1990s
Linocut, 21" x 14" 
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Margaret Burroughs 
Mahalia Jackson: The Queen of Gospel, c. 1990s
Linocut, 21" x 16-1/2" 
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Margaret Burroughs 
Malcolm, c. 1990s
Linocut, 19-1/2" x 16-3/4" 
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
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Margaret Burroughs 
Freedom Now, c. 1990s
Linocut, 16-1/2" x 21"
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Margaret Burroughs 
Riding together in the 60's, c. 1990s
Linocut, 16-1/2" x 21"
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Margaret Burroughs 
Sleeping Boy, c. 1990s
Linocut, 17-1/2" x 15-1/2"
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
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Margaret Burroughs 
Read! Read! Read!, c. 1990s
Linocut, 16-1/4" x 20-1/2"
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Margaret Burroughs 
The Birthday Party, c. 1990s
Linocut, 16" x 19"
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Margaret Burroughs 
The Quartet, c. 1990s
Linocut, 14-3/4" x 20"
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
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Bernard Goss
(American, 1913-1966)

Hymn to the Sun, 1965
Linocut, 22" x 12-3/4"
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Leopoldo Mendez
(Mexican, 1903-1969)

Paul Leroy Robeson, 1952
Linocut, 20-1/2" x 16-1/4"
Gift of Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Margaret Burroughs
Mother and Child, 1995
Linocut, 19-1/2" x 15-1/2"
Gift of Jim and Liz O'Shea
Margaret Burroughs
African Odalisque, 1996
Linocut, 15-1/2" x 19-3/4"
Gift of Jim and Liz O'Shea
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