Eureka Staff

A Father's Legacy, A Daughter's Work

An update on Tasha Thomas' efforts to preserve her father's art

Tasha Thomas, a Business Development Specialist from Charles River, took her sabbatical a few years ago to explore her father's street art in Miami, Florida. Oscar Thomas Sr. was well known in his community for his striking portraits of Black leaders, which are now threatened by building redevelopment and demolition.

Tasha is in the final stages of her multimedia artbook that catalogs her father’s artwork and community contributions. During her sabbatical, Tasha traveled from South Florida to Florida’s pan handle including international trips to both Panama and Costa Rica. Her travels led her to private collectors, authors, political figures, community leaders and most importantly family that she had not known existed.

Her visual artbook will be available Fall of 2021, and the book tour will begin January 2022. Oscar Thomas’ murals and commissions were uncovered at the Historic Lyric Theater, the mayor’s mansion in downtown Tallahassee, the Black Archives History & Research Foundation, Miami Dade Parks and Recreation, Miami Dade Schools, Miami Dade Library, and the Harry Belafonte TACOLCY Center to name a few.

To follow her journey use the hashtag #findingmyfatherspaintings on Instagram or visit her website for upcoming events.