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The Reverend Benjamin "B.F" Perkins was born in Vernon, Alabama on February 6, 1904. He served in the Marine Corps from 1921 through 1925 and claimed that during his service he was sent on secret missions to Latin America and other places. In 1929, he became a minister in the Assembly of God, and in 1940 he joined the Church of God, rising to the rank of bishop within that church. When B.F. Perkins began planning for his retirement in 1979, he decided that art would be an appropriate activity. He took an art course at a local Junior College where he said, "They let you pick your own style".

Perkins dealt with three main themes in his colorful work. He painted patriotic scenes, frequently including the American flag and the Statue of Liberty and adding anti-drug and patriotic slogans. He illustrated stories from the Bible and he depicted the objects found in King Tut's tomb.

His works can be found in many museum collections including the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Fayette Art Museum and the Morris Museum of Art. B.F. Perkins passed away in 1993, and since then, his home and studio burned down.



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