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Born 2/2/1914 in Washington, North Carolina, William Artis became a prominent Black-American ceramist and sculptor in the mid 20th Century. He lived in New York City and Mankato, Minnesota and focused primarily on functional objects that were ceramics but also sculpted.

The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.