April 1 Birthday: It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw


 “Bill” Traylor, artist
Apr. 1, 1854 – Oct. 23, 1949

It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Lee & Low Books, 2012).
Bill Traylor, a self-taught artist and former slave, began drawing at eighty-five, inspired by his life growing up in Alabama.
It Jes’ Happened website is devoted to Bill Traylor and other outsider artists and their powerful work.

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