“Honey, I always knew I wanted to be famous and I knew I didn’t want to do much of anything gettin’ there. And you know what? I managed to do just that. And, God, it’s been fun".
Art tribute to Leroy Haynes. Haynes opened the first authentic American Soul Food restaurant in Paris in 1949. The self-described “Kentucky-born, Chicago-bred and Parisian by choice” became a small part of the folklore of America in Paris where expatriate blacks nostalgic for classic soul food, congregated for eating. Black GI’s, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Sydney Bechet (godfather of Haynes’s son Richard), The Platters, and Lionel Hampton and soon Haynes was the place to congregate. Chez Haynes also became a category destination for stars the likes of Ray Charles, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Peter O' Toole, Rod Steiger, Warren Beatty, Sidney Poitier, Marianne Faithfull, and many more artists and musicians of that time.
Ealy Mays’ Black History Month art gallery featuring oil and acrylic paintings, canvas art, posters, and prints of 20th century African American expatriates’ literary and artistic history in Paris.