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Western Avenue Mural dedication May 20th at TT’s Barbecue (436 S Western Ave)

Western Avenue Mural to be dedicated to South Side residents
Community comes together to celebrate mural and reveal dedicatory plaque


Peoria, Ill. – Wednesday, May 20th, the community will celebrate the completion of the Western Ave Mural, painted by artist R. Rashad Reed with assistance from Brenda Gentry.

The event will take place at 11:00 AM in the parking lot of TT’s Barbecue (436 S Western Ave). The mural is displayed on the Nation of Islam’s building, and was sponsored by Greater Peoria LISC, the City of Peoria, and the Heritage Ensemble. The dedication will consist of a series of speakers followed by the reveal of the dedicatory plaque.

The mural features a number of prominent local African-Americans: NAACP icon John Gwynn, community activist Annie Jo Gordon, State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth, and local basketball star Shaun Livingston. The central theme of the mural is the concrete rose, which highlights the ability to prosper and succeed even in an adverse environment.

Caterpillar Foundation President & Greater Peoria LISC Board Chair Michele Sullivan, State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth, Mayor Jim Ardis, Councilwoman Denise Moore, and artist R. Rashad Reed will all be speaking at the dedication.

The mural is one initiative from Greater Peoria LISC’s Creative Placemaking program, which funds public installations – such as murals – with the goal of visibly improving the local community and instilling neighborhood pride.

Free lunch from TT’s will be provided after the dedication. All are welcome to come celebrate this completed art piece.
In case of rain, the event will be moved to May 27th at 11:00 AM.  Media are invited to cover the event.

Anyone interested in more information or covering the event can contact LISC staff member Angie Ostaszewski by email at or by phone at 309-676-5472.