Comp of proposed mural to be displayed at MUSC's Women's Health Center on Cannon Street,
original site of the Cannon Street Hospital that served black patients in Charleston.
The approximate size will be 6' x 30' and may include 30 individuals and 6 background scenes that showcase events solidifying the roles African American's in Charleston, i.e., The Mosquito Fleet, etc.

* Image used in comp borrowed from a portion of the UNC Missing History Mural completed by the Artist in 2010

135 Cannon Street

MUSC Women's Health Center - 135 Cannon Street

Historic Marker

Historic Marker for Cannon Street Hospital

In 2008, the artist Colin Quashie was commissioned by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to create the first of 4 murals to restore and honor the 'Missing History' of African and Native Americans whose accomplishments contributed to the state of North Carolina. The 5' x 50' oil painting is on permanent display at the School of Government in the Knapp-Sanders Building. The initial mural titled 'Service' contains 40 individuals and 8 scenes. Based on the historic sit-ins at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, the mural was unveiled on the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the lunch counter.
The UNC Mural can be seen by clicking here.

Inspired by the scope of the project and process involved during the mural's creation, Colin Quashie decided to embark on a similar mission to honor the contributions of African Americans to the history of Charleston. Using the aide of local historians, an initial group of African Americans have been selected for inclusion and will be vetted by the committee. Pending permission, the artist is looking at MUSC's Women's Health Center on Cannon Street as a possible host site for the unveiling of the initial mural. This location was chosen for its historic lineage and prominent display area. The project is projected to begin in early 2013 with an unveiling later in the same year.

In the coming weeks, more infornation will be made available on the selection of the list of nominees, bios of the historians and contributors as well as updates and photos of the creative process. The artist may also be using Kickstarter and other social media to help fundraise for the project and will be offering donors special gifts for their levels of contributions to this worthy effort. Any suggestions of notable African Americans important to the history of Charleston for inclusion are welcomed with one exception - no living individuals will be depicted in the mural! The individuals do not have to be born in Charleston, just have had a significant impact on the history of Charleston.

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