Leona Flu Oral History
Leona Coleman Flu | Inkwell Beach
Artist Leona Coleman Flu (1921- 2018) grew up in a theatrical family in Boston and spent summers on the Island. Leona’s father Ralf Coleman was a presser in the garment district in Boston and in the evenings worked as a writer, actor, and the first black director of the Negro Theatre of the Federal Theatre Project. In this excerpt from a 2004 interview, Leona speaks about her experiences growing up in the summer in Oak Bluffs, going to the beach, and the genesis of the name of Inkwell Beach.