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Help bring five historic murals to Jackson Ward

Five Jackson Ward legacies will be honored with murals during the 2nd Street Festival.




The U.N.I.T.Y.  Street Project (Upholding,  Networking, Inspiring, Togetherness, in celebration of Yesterday) with the support of Venture Richmond is bringing  a team of 5 artists ( Keith M. Ramsey, Sir James L. Thornhill, Hamilton Glass, David Marion, Michon Pittman )  to create five murals in Historic Jackson Ward.

The work will take place as part of a live painting demonstration of the murals as a “featured attraction” during the two-days of the 2nd Street Festival (Oct 1-2).

The murals will pay tribute to historical figures in Jackson Ward’s past; RVA-serial Muralist, Hamilton Glass, jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this one-of-a- kind initiative.

According to Glass, “This is unprecedented in Richmond that 5 black Muralists are working together to use art in order to restore a historical black neighborhood. It just feels right. “

All 5 artists will work alongside Jackson Ward residents, and community advocates, to choose 5 of the most enduring Jackson Ward legacies to be honored.

To make this happen it is estimated that a total of $40,000 needs to be raised. One method of reaching that goal is through their GoFundMe Page.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.