‘People Against Racism’ mural in Winterville’s Hillcrest Park
WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - The new mural and painting to promote unity in Winterville’s Hillcrest Park is nearing completion.
The street mural outside the park will feature the phrase “People Against Racism” in 12-foot-wide yellow letters. A second 5 foot by 5 foot traditional painting will depict an African American boy holding a bag of skittles and the words, “I just want to live".
Pastor Darron Carmon with Rebuild Christian Church said town officials and community members have been supportive of the effort to promote unity.
He also said it’s important and hits home for him. “I’m very passionate about this because I’m passionate about lives,” he said. “And this is something that’s taken lives."
Carmon said the point is to highlight the People Against Racism organization and their ongoing efforts to achieve racial equality.
“You know, this is a giant flashlight,” explained Carmon. “That affords us the opportunity to keep the attention a problem that many people want to ignore or act as if it does not exist.”
Carmon’s son Tom was also involved in the creation of the mural. He said especially now with what’s happening in 2020, this is necessary.
“Just to see that people to through what they go through like all the killings and...just people getting racially profiled and the police brutality, it’s a sad feeling,” his son said.
The pastor said there have been $4,000 into the new mural and painting so far.
A pair of Raleigh-based artists are working on the paintings and hope to complete them this week.
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