Zebedee B. Armstrong was born in Thomson, Georgia, where he attended school only through the eight grade. He married in 1929 and raised two daughters. For most of his adult life, Armstrong worked as a cotton picker on the same large farm where his father had worked. After the death of his wife in 1969 and until his retirement in 1982, he worked at the Thomson Box Factory.
In 1972 he had a vision in which an angel appeared before him proclaiming God's message that 'Our time has gone to waste… judgment day will come soon'. After this vision Armstrong became reclusive and preoccupied with time, the Book of Revelation and the making of “doomsday clocks and calendars” in order to calculate the exact date of the final judgment. Many of the 1,500 calendars are made of wood with clocks and dials, painted white with layers of grids and text.
His work appeared in the “Passionate Visions of the American South” exhibition in 1993. In 1997 a whole room of his work was part of the exhibition “The End is Near” at the American Visionary Art Museum. Z.B.’s work is in many permanent museum collections including the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Morris Museum of Art. (Photo Courtesy of The Gregg Museum).