NEA National Heritage Fellowships

NEA National Heritage Fellowships 1982

  • Dewey Balfa was born in 1927 in what is called Bayou Grand Louis, a rural area near Mamou, Louisiana....

  • Joe Heaney was born in 1919 in the parish of Carna, a remote village in Connemara, County Galway, along...

  • Tommy Jarrell (Thomas Jefferson Jarrell) was born in 1901 in a remote area of Surry County, North Carolina, near...

  • Mary Elizabeth "Bessie" Jones was born February 8, 1902, in Smithville, Georgia. When she was seven months old, her...

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    George López was born on April 23, 1900, in the village of Cordova, situated in a small valley of...

  • Walter "Brownie" McGhee was born November 30, 1915, in Knoxville, Tennessee. When McGhee was five years of age, he...

  • Hugh McGraw was born February 20, 1931, in Central Hatchee in Herd County, Georgia. His father, John McGraw, worked...

  • Lydia Mendoza was born May 13, 1916, in Houston, Texas. Her father worked as a mechanic on the rail...

  • Bill Monroe was born near Rosine, Kentucky, on September 13, 1911. He was the youngest of eight children. His...

  • Elijah Pierce was born on March 5, 1892, into a farm family near Baldwyn, in northeastern Mississippi. His father...

  • Adam Popovich was born in 1909 in Denver, Colorado. His father, Nikola Popovich, a Serbian immigrant from Lika (part...

  • Georgeann Robinson

    Georgeann Robinson was born in 1917 near Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She was a member of the Osage tribe and of...

  • Duff Severe was born in 1925 in the small Mormon town of Oakley, Idaho. His father and grandfather were...

  • Philip Simmons was born June 9, 1912, on Daniel's Island, South Carolina. When he was seven years old, he...

  • Sonny Terry was born Sanders Terrell on October 24, 1911, in the country near Greensboro, Georgia. His father, Ruben...