Local nonprofit Just Be You, artist Morowa Mosai (Alexandria Searles) and Edmund’s Oast reveal a new mural this Thursday during a special reveal and art walk with the artist.

Join Searles at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 on the patio at Edmund’s Oast for a mural reveal party featuring music from DJ Scrib and food and cocktails from EO. Be sure to wear your mask and practice social distancing. A portion of proceeds from the sale of Searles’ work will be donated to nonprofits Just Be You, I Am Somebody and Because I Can.

Just Be You’s founder, Beth Rucker, described the inspiration for the mural, which will be featured on the Morrison Drive side of Edmund’s Oast. “At Just Be You we work to build teens’ confidence through self love, helping them become more resilient and confident in their individuality. During this time of divisiveness, we knew the significance this mural would have in amplifying the importance of being good humans to all humans,” said Rucker.

Searles focuses on uplifting Black people, specifically women, in her art. She said that this mural is important because of its location: “Downtown Charleston is a place that often romanticizes its history. It’s necessary to have an artwork that resonates with the Black people who live in a place where they are often excluded.”

Edmund’s Oast operating partner Scott Shor agreed that the mural’s location makes its message all the more relevant: “We have so much work to do and this prominent reminder will help keep the message front and center in our neighborhood.”

Learn more about Searles and her work online at morowamosai.com.