She was a street person who called herself "Elizabeth," among other names, and often sat outside Taylor Books, as in this 2006 photo. Her past was another story entirely.
Elizabeth carried a recorder and would offer to let you hear songs she was making, as on this day in 2006 on Virginia Street. She had been George "Geo" Bartlett growing up, whose music was once praised in Rolling Stone magazine.
Leslie Clay (right) helped provide lodging for Elizabeth and drew her into the orbit of her family life.
Before she decided in her late 20s to live as "Elizabeth," she grew up in Arkansas, a young man named George Bartlett, writing songs and fronting bands. Family photo.
In this 1972 promo shot from a band called Alpha, George Bartlett is seen second from the right.
No one knows the places Elizabeth traveled after exiting Arkansas in 1983 and showing up in Charleston. In this 2006 photo, she sits outside the former Capitol Roasters coffee shop on Summers Street.