Born a slave on the plantation of George Traylor near Benton,
Alabama, Bill Traylor became known as a folk artist who did stark and
simple drawings with colored pencils in a flat, child-like style.
His images are of plantation and street life, domestic animals and
people going about their lives in the segregated South before and after
the Civil War.
After the Civil War, he took the name of the
plantation owner and chose to remain on the plantation, living there
until he was eighty-four years old. It is likely he had no formal
education. He worked as a field hand, and married Lourisa
Duncan with whom he had nine children. (He fathered another
eleven children while on the Plantation). &nb
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