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Herschell C. Turner

Growing up in the 1950s and 60s, Turner experienced first-hand the Jim Crow racism of pre-civil-rights America. His dedication to justice and universal human rights led him to accept community leadership roles, directing most of his attention to improving lives and opportunities of those lives reflected in the way his own began. 

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Herschell counts the famous painter, Thomas Hart Benton, among his mentors. Turner met Benton when the artist was painting his mural, “Frontier” in the Harry S. Truman Museum in Independence, Missouri.  Turner credits Benton with the inspiration for his own series of paintings on black cowboys. 


Turner’s art reflects the beauty and dignity of the black experience as it relates to the broader American experience.

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Named Helms All-American at Nebraska, where he led Cornhuskers in scoring and rebounding three straight years. Turner was the first Nebraska player to score 1,000 points. He also participated in the ’60 Olympic trials that produced what is generally acclaimed as the greatest U.S. team ever. 


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