Noted cultural icon buried in Gatesville

NANCY HANKS

Noted cultural icon buried in Gatesville

Nancy Hanks was one of the most notable women in Washington, D.C. She had never lived in Gatesville, yet following her death, her body was returned to the Texas soil in the Gatesville City Cemetery.

Nancy Hanks was the head of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. from 1969 to 1977. She held the highest cultural post in the federal government under former presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter and was often referred to as the “mother of a million artists.”

Her connection to Gatesville was through her father, Bryan Cayce Hanks who was born and raised in Gatesville.

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