Local artists create mural featuring Civil Rights Icon John Lewis
As the nation continues to mourn the loss of Civil Rights Icon John Lewis, local Bay St. Louis artists are honoring his contribution to the Civil Rights movement with a mural.
The mural came to be last week as the Hancock County NAACP Youth Division and ‘The Arts, Hancock County’ partnered to create artwork to revitalize Martin Luther King Jr. Park and originally featured only Dr. King.
However, with Lewis’ death on Friday, artists Steve Barney and Marian Glaser have worked together over the past few days to add Lewis’ image next to King’s on the mural.
The artists hope the artwork will get kids engaged in learning about the history of Civil Rights in America. Barney said, “This mural is right next to the playground so if we can get one kid excited about learning about the legacy of John Lewis, we’ve succeeded.”
Glaser said, “I’m really concerned about the youth in our city and I just hope that this mural can help inspire them in their lives.”
Barney and Glaser say more additions will be coming to the mural soon.