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Mary Tillman Smith's Bold Lines

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Mary Tillman Smith's Bold Lines

Mary T. Smith (Image: William Arnett, 1987) "Untitled", Mary T. Smith, 1980; Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio Mary T. Smith in her yard; Photo: William Arnett Mary T. Smith was always an artist. Born the third of thirteen children to a sharecropper in Copiah County Mississippi in 1904, she started her life doing farmwork with her siblings. Her early life, according to her sister Elizabeth, began with hours of backbreaking work: “We helped our father on the farm. We struggled on the land. We were raising cabbages, tomatoes, beans, stuff like that. We wrapped vegetables, packed them in boxes, shipped them....

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