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George Williams Portrait

George Williams

Born:
Clinton, Louisiana 1910

Died:
1997

Active in:

  • Fayette, Mississippi

Photo Caption:
Originally photographed by Chuck Rosenak. Image is courtesy of the Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, 1990-1999, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Luce Artist Biography

George Williams grew up on a farm in Amity County, Mississippi. He helped on the farm until he was fourteen, then worked in a variety of jobs including road building, logging, and gandy dancing (working on the railroad). He started carving while working at a lumberyard and continued in his free time, making figures, animals, and "hoodoo" heads (Alice Rae Yelen, Passionate Visions of the American South, 1993).