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May-Miller, Zephra

(born: Janaury 25, 1943  -  died: December 19, 2004) 

Born in Indianapolis, IN, Zephra May-Miller was known as the "Bag Lady of Louisville." She used weaving techniques to create artwork and clothing made from plastic bags. Her works, which include hats, dresses, and sculptures, have been exhibited at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, the Runako Gallery, and many other locations. Her work may be viewed at the Kentucky Historical Society and the Filson Historical Society. Zephra May-Miller died in 2004, she was the daughter of William R. and Thelma May. 

For more on Zephra May-Miller, see P. Burba, "Artist Zephra May-Miller dies at 61," The Courier-Journal, 12/21/2004, News section, p. 6B; and Keith Runyon, "Rembering Zephra May-Miller as Louisville's African-American History Is Celebrated," Jan. 30, 2014.

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