Margaret Sanger Bust on display at National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery catalogs more than 100,000 portrait records from the Catalog of American Portraits (CAP), a survey of American portraits in public and private collections across the United States and abroad.

The CAP encompasses portraits of American subjects or by American artists, generally limited to one-of-a-kind likenesses such as paintings, sculpture, drawings, miniatures, silhouettes, and daguerreotypes.

One such likeness is a bust of Margaret Sager, the racist founder of Planned Parenthood.

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The bronze sculpture was created by artist Joy Buba in 1972 and cast after a 1964 original and owned by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

2009 audio of NPG director Martin Sullivan who explained the portrait to said the Bust is located in the “Search for Justice” room which includes César Chávez and heroes of the Mexican revolution among others.

The Margaret Sanger Bust was made in 1964 a few years before the Planned Parenthood founder died.

Sanger was praised by the Klan and a controversial advocate of eugenics and the sterilization of the so-called “unfit.”

A documentary produced in 2009, called Maafa21, is worth viewing and details the racist views of Sanger.

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