Paying homage to many ATL women who switched things up for equality
If you’ve yet to witness this mind-blowing mural, then this is your sign to do so. We thought we’d highlight this Freedom Park gem for Women’s History Month, just in case you don’t know about it and are searching for things to do this month, and beyond.
This special project was commissioned by the the National Park Service and the National Endowment for the Arts, which honors and protects America’s national and cultural treasures. They provided the City of Atlanta with a “Imagine Your Parks” grant, and the result was a pretty epic pubic art project entitled, Journey to Freedom: Women of the Civil Rights by Lynn Marshall Linnemeier.
A touching tribute to powerful women, the project “incorporates photographs from Dr. Doris A. Derby, Shelia Turner and Susan Ross, and celebrates the contribution of women to the Civil Rights Movement past and present.”
“The project seeks to honor the mothers, sisters and daughters of the movement by visually bridging the gap between generations and focusing on the continued commitment to social justice.”
Women honored in the project include Septima Poinsette Clark, who was an American educator and civil rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, who was a civil rights activist who helped African Americans register to vote and who co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and so many more. For the full list, click here.
Using wall murals and figurative silhouettes, the project honors both women in Atlanta, along with all southern women through a variety of photographs and symbolic motifs.
You can find this gorgeous street art gem at Freedom Park.