After the day drew to a close, fifteen residents walked away with farmer’s market bags full of donated collard greens, potatoes, apples, and squash. Throughout the day, kids enjoyed hot cocoa and participated in 4H learning activities lead by community resident and University of Maryland Extension representative Monica Bland and her children. On Saturday, November 16, nearly 50 community residents and stakeholders listened and added to the discussion about the sixteen finalists’ stories—all were inspiring and many were quite moving. The community came together to select twelve stories to be featured on historic plaques surrounding the West Baltimore MARC Station lots as part of the future public art installation titled The Shining Dark after a Lucille Clifton poem.
- The Arabbers
- Mary Rosemond and the Movement Against Destruction
- Carl Murphy & John Murphy and the Afro-American
- Violet Hill Whyte: Baltimore’s “Lady Law”
- William “Little Willie” Adams and Delegate Victorine Q. Adams
- The Royal Theater and Pennsylvania Avenue
- J. Albert Maddox, Sr. and Time Printers
- Parren Mitchell and Clarence Mitchell, Jr.
- Lucille Clifton
- Lillie May Carroll Jackson & Juanita Jackson Mitchell
- Joseph Lockerman and the Coppin Normal School
- Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange and the Oblate Sisters of Providence
The twelve plaques will be markers connected to twelve elevated glass fin sculptures. As illustrated in the draft design image (below), the glass fins will incorporate the paint markings created by West Baltimore community members who participated in the Kinetic Painting Workshop held over the summer. To find out more about the public art project, visit www.theshiningdark.com. As the artistic and project team begin to finalize the design and prepare for installation, we are looking for organizations and individuals who are excited about the project and may be interested in working with us to make the unveiling a big community celebration. Please contact Staycie Francisco at (410) 767-0667 to see how you can be involved in the public art unveiling.