The mural honors other musical legends like Sarah Vaughan, whose centennial will be celebrated in 2024, Jimi Hendrix, who performed a concert in Newark following the passing of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, as well as Queen Latifah, a Newark native, Henry Lewis, the first black conductor to perform at Newark Symphony Hall, opera singer Lyontyne Price, Salsa queen Celia Cruz, and poet and activist Amiri Baraka, all of whom have either performed at Newark Symphony Hall or contributed significantly to Newark's rich historical and cultural heritage. This mural isn't just art; it's a symbol of unity, community, and the power of collaboration. The mural was done by artists Ernest Shaw (no known relation) and GAIA.
The mural comes behind the reinstatement of the street sign for Woody Shaw in named "Woody Shaw Jr. Plaza", which is located on the same street at Broad Street and William Street, near Newark City Hall, Woody Shaw's alma mater Arts High School, and the Grammy Museum Experience.
It also comes as a timely compliment to the reissue of Woody Shaw's groundbreaking debut album Blackstone Legacy, which Shaw "dedicated to the freedom of Black people all over the world.... and.... to the youth who will benefit mankind," to be released September 15, 2023.
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