Portrait Provided by Family

U. Ben Blalock, Jr.

Wadesboro NC
Date of Portrait 
The portrait of my dad was sent to my mother in 1944 and later it came to me. I happened to post it on Facebook this Memorial Day, not knowing the significance of the artist - until a cousin told me about seeing the PBS special about Elizabeth Black. I watched the program with tears in my eyes. These men were far from home, and she gave them attention in such a special way during tough, scary times. I found it remarkable how she could very quickly capture an exact likeness of his facial features. What a wonderful gift she gave many of the troops. And what WQED and Elizabeth's son have done is a gift to the nation! --- Gail Blalock Iddings, Hickory, North Carolina, July 9, 2021.
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