Remembering Bill Pickett … and a friend

I had planned to photograph this bronze statue of rodeo legend and Taylor native Bill Pickett  for a while, but was waiting for the right light.  Less  than a week ago, however,  a friend and colleague from the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Kent Johnson, died at 57  while on assignment to cover last Saturday’s Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, in Conyers, Georgia.    Pickett, who lived from 1870-1932, invented bulldogging, also known as steer wrestling.   Mr. Pickett and Mr. Johnson were both African-American.    The statue shown here was created by sculptor Adam Davenport.   Kent will be buried on Saturday.  I wanted to post this in his memory.   Godspeed, Mr. Johnson.

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