National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee















Portrait #1408
Subject/Title:
Roberson, Ola Bate
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:ca. 1909
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:19 x 17
Image Dimensions:11 1/2 x 9 1/2
Materials/Media:Pastels
Date Documented:12 May 2008
Condition:Very Good

Description:Young girl, age 8, wearing an off-white dress with front pleats and a crosshatch pattern in the fabric. The dress has a narrow white collar. She faces slightly to viewer's left but is looking slightly to viewer's right. Her hair is black and eyes are dark brown. She has a bow in her hair on the viewer's left.
History of Work:
Notes:Age 8, she was the daughter of Charles Brimage Bate (1873-1957) and Nora Turner Bate (died 1963) of Castalian Springs, Tennessee. She was married to Idle Roberson in 1926, and she became the first Black girl from Sumner County to graduate from college. She taught school for 41 years, was a Sunday school teacher, president of Missionary Society, and Gallatin Citizen of the Year in 1990. In 1995 she became Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer of the year recipient.

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