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This Day in Georgia History

October 22, 2001

Howard Finster Died

Folk artist Howard Finster died in Rome, Georgia. One of thirteen children, he was born in rural Alabama and had unique visions from the age of three. He became a preacher and traveled the South, establishing several churches. Ultimately his visions led him to art, and he became world famous for his sacred and folk images. He established Paradise Gardens, a haven for artists and a major tourist attraction, in Summerville, Georgia. He would frequently house and encourage budding artists, and was there to greet visitors to home - especially the young children of which he was so fond. He was living at Paradise Gardens when he was struck with congestive heart failure and died in a hospital in nearby Rome.