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Travel and ultimately settled in New York City. He led a life of many different pursuits, including fortunetelling and drug dealing. He also experienced visions, including the vision that inspired Pasaquan. Martin renamed himself St. EOM, and returned to Georgia when his mother died. Back in Georgia, he transformed his inherited farmhouse and small acreage into what would become Pasaquan. He told fortunes to support himself and his art. His fortunetelling services must have been quite well known in West Georgia because according to local legend, he “may” have once told fortunes for President and Mrs. Carter, whose peanut farm isn’t far away (for non-daytrippers, the towns of Plains and Andersonville with a night at Americus’ Windsor Hotel would be a good complement to a visit to Pasaquan). As far as Georgia lore and characters are concerned, Pasaquan and Martin’s history are very “Carson McCullers” or “Flannery O’Connor.” In 1986, nearly 30 years after taking control of the Pasaquan property, Martin died by suicide. He bequeathed Pasaquan to the local county historical society, and although interest in St. EOM’s artwork continued, the condition of the property deteriorated considerably over the next two decades. The Kohler Foundation eventually became involved with Pasaquan and undertook a massive restoration project, some of which continues as I type. On the return trip, we first stopped in downtown Columbus, a pleasant spot that neither my wife nor I had ever visited. We stopped at an ice cream shop, spent a couple of minutes in a used bookstore, and even had a random stranger let our toddler sit on his Harley Davidson while wearing his motorcycle helmet, so all four of us were happy. After dinner in nearby Opelika, we continued home, the kids fell asleep in the car. We pulled into the driveway of our monochromatic house with enough time to start mapping out our future Southeast Adventures. G Nathan C. Weinert, Contributor Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Fall 2018 13


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin Fall 2018
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