Standing at nine stories tall, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Mural, illustrates the neighborhood of Walnut Hills and celebrates the cultural heritage of the community. Key symbols are larger than life and are easily visible to passersby blocks away. The corn represents the Walnut Farm that Reverend James Kemper founded that soon became Walnut Hills, the book represents Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book Uncle Toms Cabin that helped start the abolishment of slavery, the Railroad tracks represent the underground railroad where Walnut Hills was considered a convenient place for “Passengers”, the broken chains represent James Bradley who was a former slave who bought his own freedom and the tree represents Eden Park. This unique and striking installation is now considered an artistic and cultural icon for the community.
Lead Teaching Artist: Matt Grote
Junior Teaching Artist: Kayla Walker
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
Wallick Construction, Ohio Arts Council, ArtsWave, Delta Dental and the city of Cincinnati