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Radio Chipstone: The Goddess of Willy Street

Mona Boulware Webb was born in Houston in 1914 as Nevelle Ruth Boyce. She studied to be a nurse, married, and started a family. However, the murder of Emmett Till, would cause her to leave Texas and move to Mexico, in search a safe place to raise her sons.

After traveling the world for many years, in the sixties she moved to Madison and settled on Williamson street. She called her two story house the "Wayhouse of Light," and until her death in 1998 she was known as the "Goddess of Willy Street." The were efforts to save her home as a museum, but unfortunately the weight of the large sculptures proved to be too much for the building and it was all dismantled and moved into storage. Years later, her daughters donated nearly 130 paintings and sculptures to Edgewood College. 

In this edition of Radio Chipstone, contributor gianofer fields speaks with David Wells Director of the Edgewood College Gallery about the works of the Goddess of Willy Street: