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Purvis Young



As a teenager, Young served three years (1961–64) in prison at North Florida’s Raiford State Penitentiary[6] for breaking and entering. While in prison he would regain his interest in art and began drawing and studying art books.[4] When released, he began to produce thousands of small drawings, which he kept in shopping carts and later glued into discarded books and magazines that he found on the streets.[7] He proceeded to move into the Overtown neighborhood of Miami.[8] Young became attracted to a vacant alley called Goodbread Alley, which was named after the Jamaican bakeries that once occupied the street; he started living there in 1971.[7][9]



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