From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Clayton, Theodore

(born: August 4, 1934  -  died: November 21, 1976) 

A self-taught artist, Theodore Clayton worked with scrap metal such as spikes, machine parts, horseshoes, and nails. He lived about 4 miles outside of Cave City. Born in Hart County, KY, he was the son of Herbert and Vernie Mae Rhodes Clayton.

Thoedore Clayton is buried in the Clayton Cemetery in Rocky Hill, KY. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

For more see Kentucky Minority Artists Directory, 1982; and Mervin Aubespin, "Sculptor gets down to nuts and bolts to interpret history," The Courier-Journal, 7/20/1975, front page & p. B1.

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NKAA Source: Kentucky minority artists directory, 1982
NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)

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