Inspired by his 2008 project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Colin Quashie is planning a new public mural for Charleston. Much like the Chapel Hill project, which honored the “missing history” of African and Native Americans in N.C., he wants the local mural to honor the contributions of African Americans to the history of Charleston. He and a group of local historians have selected a group of 24 African Americans to be considered for the mural, including Denmark Vesey, Philip Simmons, Daniel Joseph Jenkins, and Robert Smalls.
Though he’s still waiting on the official go-ahead, Quashie is hoping to paint the mural at MUSC’s Women’s Health Center on Cannon Street. He hopes to start the project in early 2013 with an unveiling later that year.
Keep an eye on Quashie’s blog for updates. He might also be using Kickstarter to raise funds.