The Freedom Wall

Artist Julia Bottoms-Douglas paints Eva Doyle.
(Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has partnered with Metro Bus to make something ordinary quite a bit extra. On an East Ferry and Michigan Ave. wall running the length of a Metro bus garage, the gallery has sponsored an amazing piece of public art. The Freedom Wall is mural featuring the portraits of 28 civil rights leaders, both local and national.

The installation comprises the work of four Buffalo artists: John Baker, Julia Bottoms-Douglas, Chuck Tingley, Edreys Wajed. They have been at the canvas since the beginning of the summer, but still have a few weeks to go before completion. Which is not surprising. The wall is 300-feet long and more than 10-feet tall.

Mural subjects include Mary B. Talbert, Shirley Chisholm, Frank Merriweather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Buffalo’s own George K. Arthur and William Welles Brown.

The Freedom Wall should be completed before the snow falls.

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