“I found him!” declares reader Kristen W. The portrait she happened upon, captioned “Jesus, I trust in you” over draped ankles, had originally been noted by Swamplot readers 4 years ago in ready position adjacent to a redevelopment site on Shepherd Dr. at Center St., just north of Washington Ave. (See smaller photo above right; similar sightings were also reported at the time in Lindale Park and on Westpark between Fondren and Gessner.) Later, the icon’s purported property-restoring powers were noted in its nomination for the Washington Ave Award in that year’s Swampies.
Kristen W. reports the latest visitation: “He’s just hanging out on the east side of Huffmeister Rd. south of Fleur de Lis Blvd. among the cattle and horses. . . . I was making the long trek up north for a job interview [Friday] morning and had to turn around to snap a few photos because I couldn’t believe it.“
“The strange thing,” she continues, “is that just yesterday I thought of Gentrifying Jesus while reading this article, so I looked up the old Swamplot post about him. I’m not sure I would have noticed him if I hadn’t looked up that old post.”
“So what does it mean? Should I take the job up north? Should I move from Washington Ave to the ‘burbs?“
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Photos: Kristen W. (Huffmeister); Swamplot inbox (Shepherd Dr.)