It jes happened is a biography of outsider artist bill traylor a former slave who at the age of 83 began to draw pictures based on his memories and observations of rural and urban life click here to download the it jes happened teacher activity guide written by educator debbie gonzales. It jes happened when bill traylor started to draw don tate r gregory christie amazoncomau books. Growing up as an enslaved boy on an alabama cotton farm bill traylor worked all day in the hot fields when slavery ended bills family stayed on the farm as sharecroppers there bill grew to manhood raised his own family and cared for the land and his animals by 1935 bill was eighty one and all alone on his farm. Bill traylor born into slavery in alabama in 1854 didnt begin to draw until he was 85 yet his drawings reveal all that he remembered memories long stored in his mind and heart author don tate uses the phrase bill saved up memories of these times deep inside himself. It jes happened when bill traylor started to draw by tate don a former slave who at the age of eighty five began to draw pictures based on his memories and observations of rural and urban life in alabama includes an afterword authors note and sources provided by publisher
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