Seeking students to help paint a Civil Rights mural

Hillside students Samantha Cage, Kendell Ely and Chris Williams meet with local artist Brenda Miller Holmes about her Civil Rights mural project.

Hillside students Samantha Cage, Kendell Ely and Chris Williams meet with local artist Brenda Miller Holmes about her Civil Rights mural project. (Photo courtesy the Hillside Chroicle)

Muralist Brenda Miller-Holmes is working with 30 others to paint a mural of Durham’s Civil Rights history. She is seeking 30 Durham residents to help paint the mural, and students can apply for 15 of those spots.

At the interest meeting on Jan. 30, students filtered in and out asking questions and trying to figure out how to get involved.

The wall that the group will be painting on is pretty big; it sits on the corner of Mangum and Main Streets. It is a significant location because a Walgreens used to sit on that corner, and many sit-ins happened there.

“I’m excited about the location just because it is going to be represented in a place that’s just really significant as far as history goes,” Miller-Holmes said.

Miller-Holmes will be organizing free lectures open to the public at Hillside High School to learn about each other and Durham’s history. A scholar of local history is coming out to teach the lectures. He will be bringing in a lot of people who were really active during the movement.

They will tell personal stories.

Everyone involved with the painting will have “an equal and fair part” to paint with the information they learn and what they want to bring to the mural.

“The way that I work I don’t have any idea what the mural will look like,” Miller-Holmes said.

 

By Tatyana Hicks

Staff Writer  The Hillside High School Chronicle

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