Daryl McCray earned the nickname “CORNBREAD” in 1965 after he was sent to the Youth Development Center (at age 10) in Philadelphia. There, he repeatedly asked the cook to make cornbread like his grandmother’s instead of the standard white bread. Copying gang members, McCray embraced the moniker, writing CORNBREAD in large letters throughout the institution. When he returned home in 1967, he took the concept to the streets of Philadelphia. CORNBREAD’s ubiquitous signature captured the attention of the media and made him a local celebrity.
BEYOND THE STREETS New York, 2019. Photo by Dan Bradica.