Join us for a Community Conversation to learn about the people and stories that inspired the stunning mural installed in 2021 at Blue Back Square. This free, virtual event is open to the public. Advance registration is required.
Each piece on the mural represents a story of individuals who have helped build the legacy of West Hartford and whose stories are not told nearly enough if at all, but now have been immortalized in the center of town.
West Hartford community leaders and residents worked with the non-profit organization RiseUP to be one of 39 Connecticut communities participating in the MLK39: Racial Equity Mural Tour. Local artist Corey Payne created the work “A Journey Toward Freedom and Excellence,” and combines the untold story of West Hartford’s participation in slavery, the fight for freedom, civil rights and human rights, and through its persistence has continued to work toward a more equitable, diverse and welcoming community.
Moderated by Earl Exum, President of West Hartford African American Social & Cultural Organization (WHAASCO). A special thank you to West Hartford Community Interactive for hosting the Zoom Webinar, as well as to partners WHAASCO, CT Murals and RiseUp for Arts, and Concerned Parents of Color West Hartford.