Milton Reed was a home decorator, of sorts. He painted murals in people’s apartments in the Robert Taylor homes. Around the neighborhood Reed was known simply as “the artist”. As in “Hey artist, how much you charge for a mural?” Reed charged between 50 and 200 dollars. Reed was a kind of a Diego Rivera of the projects, painting the imaginings and realities of the dispossessed, of the men and women who lived in what was America’s poorest neighborhood.