Edward Patterson was the proprietor of “God’s People Market,” which was located in George Town. Mr. Patterson usually wore military fatigues and boots, but he had no guns. “I’m a farm soldier,” he would say. “God is on my side.”
His small store was packed with everything you could imagine. There was not a nook or cranny that was not filled with something, be it pencils, batteries, sewing needles, or light bulbs. You name it, Mr. Patterson had it.
Outside the store, he displayed and sold everything from bicycles to coconuts. He was a hard-working entrepreneur who could always figure out a way to make a dollar. If you had something to promote, Mr. Patterson would endorse your business or product over his public address system, the speakers attached to the roof of his car, which he would drive around town.
He stayed especially busy during election times.
Mr. Patterson passed away in 1999.
This photograph 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.