Leaders Looking For Mural Locations, Ideas To Honor African-Americans

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JAMESTOWN – Leaders in Jamestown are asking for the community’s help in finding locations and offering input on the construction of a mural honoring the local African-American community.

Council Woman At-Large Tamu Graham-Reinhardt tells WNYNewsNow Christopher Balaskas, a nationally known artist that lives in Jamestown, reached out to local leaders offering his service to create a mural honoring the black community.

Graham-Reinhardt says that the first mural would likely focus on African-Americans however, she wants other murals around town to highlight Jamestown’s rich diversity of Swedish and Italian history; as well as other notable achievements over the decades.

“I would like to see other segments of the community begin to become involved,” said Graham-Reinhardt. “Jamestown is a mixture of a lot of different cultures and ethnicities, and ideas, and technologies, and I am hopeful that this is something that will energize us after a very rough year.”

She says the murals should be something that brings the community together and make people proud of where they live and the values they share.

Graham-Reinhardt explains that once leaders receive the community’s input and a location is determined, the mural’s construction would likely take place in Spring and be unveiled sometime next summer.

Those looking to offer input, or suggest a location for the mural, are asked to contact the Mayor’s Office at (716) 483-7600.


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