Who are the women in the new Historical Women of Ypsilanti mural?

A few days ago I posted an interview here with Ypsi High art teacher Lynne Settles about a new mural on the subject of local women’s history that she and her students had been working on in downtown Ypsilanti. Well, as the formal unveiling of the piece is set to take place tomorrow at 6:00 PM as part of Ypsi’s First Fridays festivities, I reached out to local historian Matt Siegfried to find out more about the 11 women depicted in the piece. [Siegfried, as you’ll recall, worked with the students to determine which women should be included in the mural.] What follows is my conversation with Siegfried taped earlier this evening in front of the mural, which I’m told the students, working with artist Doug Jones, will be finalizing tomorrow.

[The women featured in the mural are: Dr. Helen Walker McAndrew, Allie Louise DeHazen, Isa Stewart, Wealtha Sherman, Mary Eleanor Delany (McCoy), Carolyn King, Louis Artis, Almeda Morton, Anna Chalmers Alexander Knaggs, and Maude Forbes.]

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  1. Tim
    Posted June 3, 2016 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    So many good, beautiful people in this town of ours.

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  1. […] him. Then, a little bit after that, I heard local historian Matt Siegfried, standing in front of the new African American history mural in downtown Ypsilanti, telling the crowd about how women escaping slavery would meet at homes on South Adams Street to […]

  2. […] people together and instilling a sense of community. Over past year or so, I can think of two African American history murals by local high school students that have been completed, as well as one on the subject of […]

  3. […] told, will be reciting “The Perils of the Republic” with their voices. Given the incredible and inspiring work that Lynne and her students have done in the past, I suspect it will be […]

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