*The legend of Hudson "Leadbelly" Ledbetter


Copyright David G. Wilson

Oil on canvas, 74"x 38", 1998; Collection of the artist.

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*'Huddie' or 'Leadbelly' as he was called by acquaintances and fans respectively was a pioneer of the 'Blues'. Sadly, as the racial climate of the day and even today dictates, Leadbelly was railroaded in and out of prison just as many a young black talent still experiences nowadays. Equipped with his 12 string guitar, Leadbelly made a distinct mark in the annals of American music, but reaped little financial benefit quite the same way that many a young creative black mind has experienced.

The mirror reflects the disconnection and separation of the two cultures in America, a dominant and a subserviant one. It demonstrates how the dominant culture can accept the creativity of the latter, while rejecting and abusing the creators of that culture.

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