Cotton Time

I was astonished when I met Saul Haymond Sr. over 20 years ago in a clinic at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Hanging around his neck was the biggest mother-of-pearl Pink Jesus I had ever seen, more than a foot tall. I already knew him by reputation. My father-in-law, Jack Dunn, had told me Saul Haymond stories as he introduced me to his art. Saul often sold paintings to Mr. Dunn to make ends meet and Mr. Dunn would display these paintings in his drugstore in Lexington, just 10 miles from Saul's home in Tchula. This was the '70's and early '80's. I lost track of Saul for a while until my mother-in-law, Jean Dunn, clipped an article for me from Memphis' Commercial Appeal announcing his winning a 1995 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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