Eastside Jacksonville Murals Depict Local History And There Are More To Come

Eastside Jacksonville Murals Depict Local History And There Are More To Come


Drivers on A. Phillip Randolph Boulevard
on Jacksonville’s Eastside may notice some new murals popping up. The local
organization behind them says they’re meant to be more than just pretty
pictures and there are more of them to come. The side of the Man Cave Barbershop
is covered in a geometric design of vivid colors with seven faces painted
over it. “Okay so this is the Locals and Legends mural.” Executive Director of the
Jacksonville Cultural Development Corporation Suzanne Pickett says this is
one of her nonprofit’s murals. The people on it are important to the Eastside. “A.L.
Lewis, the president of the African -American Insurance Company and see he
also started American Beach. A vacation spot for African-Americans
during segregation, the faces also include James Weldon Johnson and author
Zora Neale Hurston who lived in Jacksonville. Down the street there’s
another mural in progress and Pickett says the community gets to paint
portions of the art. “The community buy-in is very important when you’re looking at
true change.” She says there’s a perception of this area – which sits
between the sports entertainment district, Springfield and downtown – as
being vacant and crime-ridden. “The ultimate goal is to create murals,
enough murals to have a mural tour or historic tour because there’s rich
history on the Eastside and then you create tourism by which you bring
development into the neighborhood.” The Legends mural will be dedicated
Friday morning as part of the Cultural Council’s Public Art Week. Lindsey Kilbride, 89.9 WJCT News.

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