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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Street Art, Soho

Eleven in Soho, NYC
Photo by myself in Soho, on the corner of Spring and Elizabeth Streets.

A mural outside the clothing store Eleven depicts Claudette Colvin, an early member of the Civil Rights Movement.

The text next to the figure reads: 'At age 15 in 1955 Alabama, she refused to give up her bus seat in violation of the segregation law there. She was arrested 9 months before Rosa Parks, but because of her pregnancy, the powers that be decided she would not be a 'reputable face' for the Civil Rights Movement'.

You can read more about Claudette Colvin here.

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5 comments:

Olivier said...

je connaissais Rosa Parks, mais pas l'histoire de Claudette Colvin. Très intéressant et belle peinture murale

Lily Hydrangea said...

interesting bit of history most haven't heard about no doubt! It just so happens that I'm at the apple store in SOHO as I type this message (& of course couldn't wait to get home to check your site ), but I don't think I'll be going as far as Elizabeth street so I am happy you have shared this photo!

Terry B said...

Wow! I had never heard this story, Kitty. Thanks!

J.C. said...

What a bright coloured mural! Will certainly cheer up those who are down during the cold winter!

• Eliane • said...

Interesting post, Kitty. And a nice snapshot of street art. Thanks for this.