Billy Traylor: Chasing Ghosts

In his late 1980s, living homeless on the street in the thriving segregated Black neighborhood of Montgomery, Alabama, Bill Traylor produced a body of extraordinary art. Born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama, Traylor witnessed profound social and political change during his life spanning slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, and the Great Migration.



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Fred Barron Daphne McWilliams
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Painting, Sculpture, Visual, Paper & Textile Arts
African American & African