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Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bill Traylor

(1853-1949)

 
 
Bill Traylor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, July 19, 2022
1. Bill Traylor Marker
Inscription.  Bill Traylor was born into an enslaved family on a Dallas County plantation. Around age ten, Traylor and his family were relocated to another plantation in neighboring Lowndes County, where they remained as laborers after Emancipation. Between 1939 and 1942, after many decades of farm labor throughout the region, Traylor took up the practice of art, creating pictures that testified to the difficulties of navigating the black and white worlds of the segregated South. Using found and donated materials, including paperboard, pencils, and paint, Traylor spent his days creating his art here, at the intersection of Monroe and North Lawrence streets, in the heart of Montgomery's African American business district. In a short time, Traylor created more than one thousand pieces of drawn and painted artwork, now critically acclaimed and the largest such body of work made by an artist born into slavery. Regarded as one of America's most important artists, Traylor's works are now held in museums around the world. Bill Traylor died on October 23, 1949, and is buried in the cemetery at Mount Mariah AME Zion Church. The epitaph on his new headstone, installed
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in 2018, reads "Through His Art He Lives On."
 
Erected 2019 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Alabama Historical Association series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 23, 1949.
 
Location. 32° 22.707′ N, 86° 18.382′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of North Lawrence Street and Monroe Street, on the left when traveling north on North Lawrence Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 85 N Lawrence St, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Montgomery's Slave Depots / Montgomery's Slave Traders (within shouting distance of this marker); Montgomery City Hall / Funeral for Hank Williams (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The E. L. Posey Parking Lot (about 400 feet away); Chris’ Hot Dogs (about 400 feet away); The Capital City Guards (about 400 feet away); General Richard Montgomery Statue (about 500 feet away); Elijah Cook / City of Montgomery v. Rosa Parks (about 500 feet away); Bernard Whitehurst and the Whitehurst Case / Montgomery: Learning From the Past
Bill Traylor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, July 19, 2022
2. Bill Traylor Marker
(about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Also see . . .  Bill Traylor (Smithsonian American Art Museum). (Submitted on September 2, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 2, 2022, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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