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    Photo: William Arnett, 1998
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    Photo: William Arnett, 1998
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    Photo: William Arnett, 1998
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"I call this my 'studio,' where I keep my old pictures. Just like the 'sanctuary' represent God's messages, the studio got my messages out there. To me, I built it with two sprongs, like a temple, like a chapel. All that on the front, the painting, the wheels, the decorations, they add all up to the way God have showed me how to do things.

"I call this my 'studio,' where I keep my old pictures. Just like the 'sanctuary' represent God's messages, the studio got my messages out there. To me, I built it with two sprongs, like a temple, like a chapel. All that on the front, the painting, the wheels, the decorations, they add all up to the way God have showed me how to do things.

"First is the Indian. All he want is faith, peace, and quietness. Then a woman representing Queen Sheba. Some thought she white, but she were black. We come from that queen. We all come from one blood. People all immigrated, married. All the blood got mixed.

"Up over is a guy killed his girlfriend. It was a long time before they caught him. I had read a little story about that.

"President Nixon there, they wanted to impeach him. But they pardoned him. That's his story. Them hands represent that he was asking them for forgiveness. Nixon is a human being, a president ofthe United States, and he go too far. We all do wrong. He deserve another chance. He proved he were sorry and he paid for it. You don't take a man out and kill him just because he make a mistake.

"The Tree of Lebanon next to Nixon. The piece go with Nixon. 'Just like the Tree of Lebanon, I shall not be moved.' It grow down beside solid rock, beside the mountain. Don't let nobody shake your faith. You bend when the wind blow, you bow when the wind blow, but you shall not be moved. The Tree of Lebanon, when the storm come it will bend but its roots grow around that solid foundation of the rock.

"Up, a dog growling. A white lady—we all got to be together A whale, I paint it on a piece of glass. Unknown woman on a piece of slate.

"A man in distress, and a rabbit setting up under that tree. A rabbit is smart, got a lot of sense. He will survive. "Under is a woman's face. The decoration come off a dresser drawer. This thing is symbolic of Egypt: Tell old Pharaoh, 'Let my people go.'

"There is calvary, and the blood. And the creatures of the earth, put here for our convenience: mermaid, eagle, horse, and a dog. Eagle represents God." —Rev. George Kornegay