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In honoring and preserving the legacy of the mural at 566 Columbus Avenue, the family of the late muralist, Kevin Jameel Parker have been working with; representatives from the
United South End Settlements (U.S.E.S), reknowed black architect David Lee who designed the U.S.E.S building at 566, Andy Ryan of Andy Ryan Photography Inc. and members of the design and development team, together forming the Mural Advisory Committee.
The Honor Roll Mural was commissioned by United South End Settlements to celebrate the rich history of African American’s in the South End and we believe that rich history can and must continue. We have worked together to carefully preserve the images of the mural to be restored and digitally reinstalled as a publically visible interactive exhibit on both Mass Avenue and Columbus Avenue in the newly transformed non-profit community space at 566 Columbus Ave.
Jameel’s career as an artist and educator emphasized the importance of honoring the rich and complex history of African American’s and their contributions to society. The Honor Roll Mural tells a story about how that history unfolded with its depiction of the HI-Hat Jazz Club and the famous musicians that played there, the history of the Settlement Houses in the South End where Social and Education needs were met and the importance of celebrating the community.
In Jameel’s own words “Our contributions to this country are artistic, literary, fashion, thought, spiritual and so much more” Jameel was always looking at ways to help the world by mentoring students to attend college, participated in cross-cultural trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to build schools and use his art to build stronger communities. His time was cut short when he was diagnosed with ALS but we carry on his work through a scholarship in his name to help students attend art schools and supporting the next generation of aspiring artists.
We look forward to sharing his message of hope with all of you in this new medium and honor his legacy in the community.
The Parker Family