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Inside the Souls Grown Deep Foundation warehouse 

In the mid-80s, Bill Arnett started seriously collecting work by self-taught African American artists in the South. Since then, he's amassed a collection unlike any other in its size, scope, and devotion to artists like Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, Purvis Young, and others. Today, the collection is managed by the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in a warehouse on Atlanta's westside. The pictures that follow offer only a small glimpse at the thousands of works contained in the collection.
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Grouping of Lonnie Holley works, including “The Spirit of the Man By the Chicken House Door,” “The Misuse of Woman,” “Early Beginner,” and “From the Little Top to the Big Top” (hanging).
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Thornton Dial, “Doll House (As She Lived in Her Castles, Life Came and Flew Her Way),” a tribute to Princess Diana.
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Thornton Dial, early work. Untitled and not assembled.
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Purvis Young, “Locked Up Their Minds”
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Purvis Young, “Jesus Weeping Over the City”
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Joe Minter’s “Slaveship” in the foreground.
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Work by Ronald Lockett.
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Two works by Hawkins Bolden, both untitled.
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Mary Proctor, “The Keys” (detail)
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In the foreground, Arthur Dial, “Jesus and the Two Thieves.”
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Lonnie Holley, “Boneheaded Serpent at the Cross.”
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Grouping of Lonnie Holley works, including “Mule Feeding Himself," in the foreground.
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Thornton Dial, Jr., “King of Africa in America”
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Thornton Dial, “High and Wide: Taking the Rat to the Man” (detail).
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Emmer Sewell, untitled assemblage
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Thornton Dial, “Nesting” and “Testing Chair”
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Thornton Dial, “Lost Cows”
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Thornton Dial, “Old Water”
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Grouping of works by Joe Minter, Charlie Lucas, and Ronald Lockett.
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Grouping of Lonnie Holley works, including “The Spirit of the Man By the Chicken House Door,” “The Misuse of Woman,” “Early Beginner,” and “From the Little Top to the Big Top” (hanging).
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