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African Athlete

Thornton Dial (American, b. 1928)

Created: 1998
Materials:Pencil, charcoal, and pastel on paper
Dimensions: 44 x 30 in

Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Collection. Photo by Stephen Pitkin, Pitkin Studio.


• This is a portrait of American athlete Florence Griffith-Joyner, whose accomplishments as an Olympic track and field champion earned her the accolade of the “world’s fastest woman.”

• Dial created this image of Griffith-Joyner in 1998, the year of her tragic death from epilepsy at the age of 38.

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