Born Feb. 13, 1903 in Laurel MS.
High school years were spent in Hattiesburg, MS where his best friend was well-known author, James Street, who wrote the book made into a movie, Tap Roots, and a number of other books. McDonald won a presidential writing award winning out over his friend, James Street.
McDonald was very athletic and was selected for a traveling gymnastics team. He enjoyed walking on his hands on rooftops in order to draw a crowd. However, his first love was art. Family members reported that he drew with his finger in the dirt while crawling before he could walk.
After High School he attended the Chicago Institute of Fine Arts, where he financed his
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