Located in the public library parking lot at the corner of Broad Street on the pavement between the public library and the Town Green.
The “End Racism Now” mural was created over the course of several days, with volunteers and artists working together to paint the large-scale artwork on Trinity Street in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. The artists who helped to create the mural include Levey Kardulis, Tony Le, Sacha Kelly, Madina Academy, Andre Rochester, Che LaMora, Anne Gogh, Candace Donaldson, Corrine Patterson, Andres Chaparro, and Naieem Kelly. The artwork features the words "END RACISM NOW" in bold, colorful letters, along with other images and symbols related to the fight against racism. The mural still exists and has not been damaged. It is located in the public library parking lot and each letter has its own individual design.
The creation of the End Racism Now street mural took place during a time of significant social unrest and protests across the United States in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. The mural was created as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism. The artist said they wanted the mural to promote community. “I did not want chains and handcuffs. I want to bring the people together, not create more lines of separation,” Kardulis said. “This isn’t done for protest. It’s about community, about bridging the gap.”
The location of the mural is significant because it is situated on Trinity Street in downtown Hartford. This area is a highly visible and heavily trafficked area of the city. The mural serves as a powerful piece of public artwork that brings attention to issues of racial injustice and inspires positive change in the community. This piece was created to gain recognition for a very important cause. It was created in a highly populated area so that as many people as possible could gain recognition and hopefully inspire those who witness it to make a change.
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