The Knoxville News-Sentinel has reported that a portrait of Fairfield Glade's Earl Lloyd taken by freelance photographer Wade Payne is headed for display in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

Payne, whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine, and also shoots photographs of the University of Tennessee athletic events for the Associated Press. His studio, "Images By Design Photography," is located in west Knoxville.

Earl Lloyd — known as the "Big Cat" in his playing days — was the first black man to play a game in the National Basketball Association when he played on Halloween night in 1950 for the Washington Capitols against the Rochester (NY) Royals.

The "Handprints" poster will be displayed in the Civil Rights Museum, the Library of Congress, the NBA Hall of Fame and the NCAA headquarters and will also include five action shots of Lloyd during his playing days and will be accompanied by words of wisdom and self-reflection by Lloyd. "Pearls of wisdom," Lloyd said Thursday from his home as he chuckled.

Lloyd still marvels at the skill of Payne in capturing his image for the Denver Post and for the exhibit in Washington.

Lloyd said the portrait is the best he has ever had taken.

When asked how long the "Handprints" display will be posted in the Smithsonian, Lloyd said he understood it would be on permanent display.