Lonnie Holley is a wise and imaginative person. Not only is he recognized for his visual art, but he is also an experimental musician, both of which have allowed him to travel around the world. His creativity comes from struggle, hardship, furious curiosity, and ambition. Born in 1950 as the seventh of twenty-seven children, his early life was tumultuous. His mother gave him away to a burlesque dancer and he never experienced a real childhood. At the age of eleven, he was sent to the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children, a modern-day slave camp where Holley endured horrific treatment. “To some, there was no schooling,” he said. Holley states that he didn’t really know who he was until later as a teenager.
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