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Bill Traylor & Alberta Hunter

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Bill Traylor Village Voice

Some people are simply compelled to create art, caring nothing for art history, critical theory, or career strategies. Bill Traylor was born a slave in 1854; after a lifetime as a cotton laborer, destitute and living on a Montgomery, Alabama, sidewalk, he began drawing. He was 83, and sold his work for nickels.

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  • Bill Traylor April 1, 1854 – bill_traylor_photo

    Traylor was a self-taught artist born into slavery on a plantation near Benton, in Lowndes County, Alabama

    Alberta Hunter April 1, 1895

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