“In 1950 John won a contest at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for his drawing, The Cradle. The museum, which permitted blacks only on Thursdays, did not allow Biggers to be present at a reception in his honor. Biggers won the Neiman Marcus Company Prize at the Dallas Museum of Art in 1952 for his drawing, Sleeping Boy. The reception scheduled for him was mysteriously canceled; instead a representative of the museum handed Biggers his prize check when he arrived.
Reprinted from The Texas State Historical Association web page at www.tshaonline.org
Texas Southern University