Betye Saar was born in Los Angeles, CA. In 1949, she graduated with an interior design degree. Saar co-founded an arts community and an enamel business which was featured in Ebony magazine in 1951. In 1972, she re-imagined Aunt Jemima via The Liberation of Aunt Jemima (1972). In September 2018, the Getty Research Institute (GRI) acquired Saar’s complete archive, “The Betye Saar Papers.” which was made in conjunction with “The African American Art History Initiative, a $5 million commitment to documenting and preserving African American art history.