Margaret Taylor-Burroughs (November 1, 1917 – November 21, 2010) was a prominent African-American artist and writer, and founded the DuSable Museum of African American History as the Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art with her husband in the living room of thier house on Chicago’s south side.
She was born in Saint Rose, Louisiana, United States. By the time she was a teenager, the family had moved to Chicago, where Margaret attended high school. She graduated at Chicago Teachers College and then earned her Bachelor and Masters in Fine Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago. Taylor-Burroughs married Beard Goss in 1939, and they were later divorced. She married Charles Gordon Burroughs in 1949, and they were married for forty-five years when he passed away in 1994.
Taylor-Burroughs taught at DuSable High School for 23 years. From 1969 to 1979, she taught humanities at Kennedy-King College, a community college in Chicago. She and her husband co-founded what is now called the DuSable Museum of African-American Art in Chicago in 1961. For the first ten years of its existence, the museum operated out of the Burroughs’ home and Taylor-Burroughs served as executive director. In 1989 Taylor-Burroughs won the Paul Robeson Award.
She passed away on November 21, 2010