MOSE TOLLIVER signs his work as "Mose T". A life-long resident of Montgomery, Alabama, he was crippled in a workplace accident. He began painting, using common house paint on scraps of plywood, just to have something to do. The sensual, mystical shapes in his paintings eventually caught the notice of collectors and galleries, first locally, then nationally and internationally.
ROBERT ELY is a Montgomery native, lawyer, and college English teacher whose friendship with Tolliver began out of simple admiration for the artist's work. He was inspired by his daughter to write the poetry included here.
JULIAN BOND, well known for his civil rights role in the 1960s, is a writer, lecturer, and professor of history at the University of Virginia. He is both collector and critic in the areas of folk art and African American culture.