Barbara Ann Hudson Obituary

Date of Birth:

Tuesday, October 20th, 1942

Date of Death:

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Funeral Home:

DuPont Funeral Home
25 Bellevue Ave
Bristol, Connecticut, UNITED STATES


Miss Barbara Ann Hudson was born October 20, 1942, in Opelika, AL. She was the third child born to the late Laura Mae Hudson and Deacon Joseph Hudson, Sr. The family migrated to Bristol, CT in 1947 where Barbara was a product of the Bristol Public School System, graduating from Bristol Eastern High School in 1960. After high school she attended Morse College in Hartford, CT and received a Masters Degree from the University of Massachusetts, located in Amherst, MA. During her residency in Washington, DC, Barbara was instrumental in obtaining recognition of African American artists to be honored by the National Conference of Artists at the White House. This was the first celebration of African American artists hosted by President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter. Her biography was listed in “Who’s Who in America”. As Executive Director of the Amistad Foundation of the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT she was the first African American Curator and the museum’s first curator of African American Art for many years. She later became principal of Barbara A. Hudson & Associates, a fine art curatorial consulting firm specializing in African American Art, and the gallery at 44 Capital. Barbara served at the pleasure of the Governor of Connecticut on the Connecticut Historical Commission. She was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, National Parks Service, Underground Railroad Advisory Committee. She was appointed to the University of Hartford’s Board of Regents Academic Affairs and Credentials Committees and its Hartford Art School Board of Turstees. She worked closely with upcoming and well-known artists in Hartford, CT, Albany, NY, Washington, DC and other major cities. She traveled extensively and was nationally recognized as a lecturer, art consultant and curator of African American Art. She has published articles of her art experience and published documentation of her travels. Her expertise as a curator and knowledge as an art consultant will be greatly missed. She leaves to celebrate her life, her father Deacon Joseph Hudson, Sr., of Bristol, CT; two brothers, Joseph Hudson, Jr., of Hampton, NJ and Robert Charles Hudson of Bristol, CT; one sister, Linda S. Ferguson (Clifford) of Bristol, CT; two nephews, Dana S. Hudson of Orlando, FL and Michael L. Hudson (Hillary) of Washington, NJ; two nieces, Pamela D. Joseph (John) of Effort, PA and Karen D. Jackson (Phillip) of Easton, PA; Special dear friends Gwendolyn Gardner (Robert) of Windsor, CT and Blaun Eva Brewton (Hiram) of Washington, DC and a host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Great Nieces, Great Nephews and Friends. She was predeceased by her eldest sister, Minnie Jean Hudson and her mother, Quilter Laura Mae Hudson. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 11AM in DuPont Funeral Home, 25 Bellevue Ave., Bristol. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10AM to 11AM on Tuesday before the memorial service.

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