August 25, 2018

The Dot Man Sam McMillan-Dead At 92

East Winston has more than its fair share of colorful characters. Perhaps none of them were more colorful than renowned folk artist Sam McMillian.

McMillian, known as “The Dot Man” because of the ubiquitous dots that filled his colorful artwork, died earlier this week at age 92.

Here’s local historian Fam Brownlee’s remembrance of McMillian:

Sam McMillian was an unlikely artist, the city’s paper of record remembered him fondly. Jenny Drabble wrote a nice piece on McMillian’s life and legacy.

The Chronicle’s June 2001 feature article on Sam McMillian described his life aptly, From share-croppin’ to polka-dotin.’

For McMillian, wealth and renown came late in his life. Though gone, Sam McMillian will live on through his art. We would all do well to remember the beautiful life and art of The Dot Man.

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