Clementine Hunter (1887-1988) was a self-taught African-American folk artist from the Cane River region in Louisiana. She was born on a plantation said to be the inspiration for Uncle Tom's Cabin and worked as a farm hand, never learning to read or write. When in her fifties, she began painting, using brushes and paints left by an artist who visited Melrose Plantation, where she lived and worked. Hunter's artwork depicted plantation life in the early 20th century, documenting a bygone era.
Dry, but interesting, video by the man who worked on preservation of the African House murals of Clementine Hunter in 1984. There are a couple of pictures of Clementine visiting (she was 97) and how she talked about the paintings. The painting depicting a bloody fight in the honky tonk, as it turns out was quite personal. She said she stabbed her second husband because he had been stepping out on her.