b. November 1828, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
d. January, 9, 1901, Providence, of a heart attack
Bannister was a black painter of mostly pastoral subjects who, in 1870, moved to Providence, where he was one of the founders of the Providence Art Club and served on the board of the Rhode Island School of Design. Largely forgotten after his death, his legacy was resurrected during the civil rights movement of the 1970s.
Edward Bannister was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 1976.