Saturday, July 20, 2013

An update on 'The Broom Man,' Melvin Pickens

Posted By on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 6:54 AM

ON THE JOB: Melvin Pickens strolls Kavanaugh in a 2011 photo.
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  • ON THE JOB: Melvin Pickens strolls Kavanaugh in a 2011 photo.

Friends ask that I say a word about a familiar Little Rock person — Melvin Pickens, the Broom Man. He's walked the streets of Little Rock selling brooms and mops since I came to town 40 years ago.

A Facebook page post reports that health problems have confined him to his apartment in Cumberland Towers, though he welcomes well-wishers and, at this writing, still had a supply of brooms on hand for those who'd like to drop by and purchase one.

Eric Francis wrote a feature on Pickens for Talk Business Quarterly in 2009.

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