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Mural Honors Unsung Female Civil Rights Activists In Atlanta’s West End Community

By Jack Rattenbury

Mural Honors Unsung Female Civil Rights Activists In Atlanta’s West End Community

‘Herstory: Heroines of the West End’ is a stunning mural in West End, Atlanta

Located at 888 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, on one of Atlanta’s Goodwill thrift stores, is a mural honoring Atlantan women. Specifically the unsung heroes of Atlanta’s West End Community. 

Painted by local artist Ashley Dopson, the street art pays tribute to the tireless amount of work these Atlantan ladies have put into Civil Rights.

Credit: Ashley Dopson, via Instagram

The women are featured from left to right Cleta Winslow, Janice Sykes Rogers, Abiodun Henderson, Ayana Gabriel, Hattie Gwinn Watkins, Pearl Cleage, Lottie Watkins, Irene Dobbs Jackson, Woody Persons, Arianna Sykes, and Kiyomi Rollins.

Each of these women have worked tooth and nail in their respective fields, continuously encouraging growth in their communities.

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Credit: Ashley Dopson, via Instagram

From voters rights to education, the fights fought by each woman on the mural is a reflection of what it means to be a woman in modern Atlanta.

Cleta Winslow has worked at the Carrie-Steele-Pitts Children’s Home and served as housing director for the Atlanta Urban League. Local entrepreneur Kiyomi Rollins is owner of The Good Hair Shop, and remains an inspiration to many locals of Atlanta.

With so may stories to discover on this mural, this is a brief but beautiful piece that honors these women in a grand way.

Make sure you head down to West End and check it out!