The End Racism Now Art Exhibition in downtown Wilmington will feature artwork created by Lindsey Williams, a local teacher from Rachel Freeman School of Engineering. The creation is inspired by a painting of Rachel Freeman that hangs in the school's front office. For the final piece, Marsha Revels, the school art teacher will incorporate a similar likeness into the lettering of “Black Lives Matter.” In addition, other staff members and students will help paint the final piece. The work was only one of 18 accepted out of numerous entries. Teacher Lindsey Williams and fellow staff wanted to acknowledge the painful legacy of racism passed down through Wilmington’s history, and their important role as educators in addressing this issue. The art installation, in the form of large three-dimensional letters, will be on display at the Jervay Memorial Park for one year.
Through this project, teachers are taking this opportunity to provide students with a safe and productive opportunity for civic engagement and self-expression, and pair it with a visual reminder that the community will protect, celebrate, and nurture the lives of all youth that walk into the school.
“As Wilmington teachers, we are committed to educating the next generation about Wilmington’s true history, celebrating our Black students, and working to dispel racism wherever it emerges in our community,” says Rachel Freeman School of Engineering Principal Dionne Sturdivant.
A former member of the New Hanover County Board of Education, Rachel Freeman fought relentlessly to improve educational opportunities for Wilmington students, ensuring equitable access to a quality education for Black and White students in Wilmington. The artwork will also be featured online and in a documentary.