Parks and Recreation Unveils Participatory Budgeting Mural at September 21 Block Party
Residents are invited to a block party to celebrate the City’s latest place-making mural, located at the Windsor Recreation Center, 12-4 pm, Saturday, September 21, 1601 E. Gate City Blvd. This free event will feature music, art projects, and fun for all ages.
The photo realistic black and white mural was funded by City Council District 2 voters through Cycle 1 of the Participatory Budgeting (PB) Greensboro program, which lets residents decide how to spend City funds. Voting is currently underway for PB Greensboro Cycle 3. Residents can vote online until October 31.
In 2016, District 2 residents voted to spend $10,000 in Participatory Budgeting funds to create a mural at the recreation center that pays homage to the City’s civil rights history. An advisory committee, including members Betty Watson from the Old L. Richardson neighborhood, Phillip Barnhill from East Greensboro NOW, and Parks and Recreation Commissioners Justin Washington and Blake Odum, was charged with helping the artist understand the essence of Greensboro and its historical and cultural significance of the Greensboro Four and community members that supported them, including Bennett College students, Dudley High School students, NC A&T State University administration, and other groups.
Artist Nils Westergard was inspired by a newspaper photo taken February 2, 1960, of Joseph McNeil, Franklin E. McCain (who attended Dudley), William Smith, and Clarence Henderson (a Dudley graduate) on the second day of the historic Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in. The civil rights protest grew from four NC A&T State University students and by the second day, began to expand and include students from other local schools and at lunch counters in other cities.
The completed mural will include a plaque explaining the historical significance of the civil rights movement and the many heroes of the movement within the Greensboro community.