About The Mural

 The late Representative John Lewis spent the entirety of his life fighting for social justice and equality. Up until the moment of his passing, he was championing those that came behind him to join in the fight, a fight that began while he was a student at Fisk University and American Baptist College. He was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and trained the students that initiated the national Woolworth’s sit-ins, and led the march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on “Bloody Sunday”. He was a man of purpose, quiet strength and dignity in the face of turmoil. 

 

    To commemorate the life of Representative Lewis, we are erecting a mural on the corner of 5th Avenue North and Commerce St. in downtown Nashville. The mural will be five stories tall. A grand statement to his legacy here in Nashville. The mural unveiling will occur this July in conjunction with the celebration of the new Rep. John Lewis Way (formerly 5th Ave N).

 

    Four individuals have been selected to create this work. Each is an established artist within the Nashville art scene, and brings a unique perspective. Their names are Lakesha Moore, Herb Williams, Omari Booker and Joseph ‘DoughJoe’ Love, III. Biographies and samples of their work are here on the site. 

 

All contributions will be made through the Nashville Unites Fund at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and are tax deductible.  The donate link on this page will take you there. We hope that you will join us in creating this relevant piece!