of the Cultural Present
Calvin Jones and Mitchell Caton, restored by Bernard Williams
by: Mayor Bryne, Chicago Council on Fine Arts, National
Endowment of Expansion Arts. Restored by the CPAG
71st and Jeffrey
This was an expression of hope in cultural power and painted at
a time when the community was in deep decline, unlike the nearby
"Benu" which was painted during South Shore's rebirth.
The large mural is a tribute to African American creators including
the poet Gwendolyn Brooks and the sculptor Marlion Perkins. Both
seem to have roots in the African past, represented by huge mask
which dwarfs all the other figures on the wall. The work is done
in three panels separated by diagonal grey lines. Each panel has
its own colors and subject, but they all seem to flow together
and to the African ancestral mask.