Selma Burke (American, 1900 – 1995) was an accomplished artist, artist’s model, arts administrator, educator, and nurse. In 1988, Spelman College awarded Burke with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. She maintained a long relationship with the College, and frequently interacted with administration, faculty, and students. Burke is perhaps best known for creating the bronze plaque of Franklin Delano Roosevelt which would inspire his image on the dime. Although United States Mint’s chief engraver John Sinnock’s initials are on the dime, it is important to note that the image of Roosevelt is similar to Burke’s work. Burke also created portrait busts of luminaries Mary McLeod Bethune and Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1995, Selma Burke bequeathed her personal papers as well as a significant collection of her works of art, including 12 bronze, marble, and wood sculptures and plaster studies for her design for the portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the College.