Paul Hots” Watkins, Stable Manager for Many Years of Diteman’s Stable, 1612 Aliceanna Street, East Baltimore, Maryland, December 1979, from the series Southern Roads/​City Pavements

Media - 1991.80.2 - SAAM-1991.80.2_1 - 73198
Copied Roland L. Freeman, Paul "Hots" Watkins, Stable Manager for Many Years of Diteman's Stable, 1612 Aliceanna Street, East Baltimore, Maryland, December 1979, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements, 1979, printed 1982, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer, 1991.80.2, © 1979, Roland L. Freeman

Artwork Details

Title
Paul Hots” Watkins, Stable Manager for Many Years of Diteman’s Stable, 1612 Aliceanna Street, East Baltimore, Maryland, December 1979, from the series Southern Roads/​City Pavements
Date
1979, printed 1982
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet: 1411 in. (35.428.0 cm.)
Copyright
© 1979, Roland L. Freeman
Credit Line
Gift of George H. Dalsheimer
Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation — leisure — smoking
  • Portrait male — Watkins, Paul Hots”
  • Cityscape — street — Aliceanna Street
  • African-American
  • Occupation — farm — groom
  • African American
Object Number
1991.80.2

Artwork Description

The Baltimore horse-cart vendors known as “arabbers” hold a special place in Freeman’s early development – so much that he dedicated an entire project to an exploration of their lives. Paul “Hots” Watkins is an intimate photographic portrayal of one member of this hard-working and now virtually extinct group in Baltimore. A descendent of arabbers himself, Freeman’s closeness to the subject was both difficult and rewarding – he wanted his documentation to reveal the arabbers’ rich social history as well as their importance in the African American story.


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