Before he passed away, Clive Powell, better known as “Slocum,” could always be seen around the Lighthouse Club in Breakers.
Slocum maintained the parking lot and yard around the popular restaurant, raking the endless rain of leaves and casuarina pine needles. He’d empty the trash and greet tourists with a smile and an unclear ramble.
He worked hard, but slow; many say that was how he earned his nickname “Slow-come.”
With the few dollars he made, he’d buy himself cigarettes, food and beer. Often Slocum would show up for work and the property was still tidy from the day before. Rather than do nothing, he’d stroll next door to Nell Connor’s house and rake her yard in exchange for lunch.
Slocum was bit camera shy, but for a free beer or pack of cigarettes he would give his best pose.
This image is from the book ‘The People Time Forgot’ by George Nowak, available at the National Museum. All proceeds from the sales of the book go toward museum projects.