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Stockton University students help create Atlantic City mural for NAACP National Convention

In honor of the return of the NAACP National Convention to Atlantic City for the first time since 1968, Stockton University students collaborated with artists on a mural honoring four black educational pioneers.

The mural features Juanita High, founding director of the NJ Equal Opportunity Fund and member of the Stockton University Foundation Board of Trustees; Dorothie W. Dorrington, educator and former chair of the Atlantic City School Board; Vera King Farris, former president of Stockton, and Hannah Pierce Lowe, former principal of Indiana Avenue Vocational School.

“I’ve never done anything like this before,” said Alexandria Montalvo, an art historian and studio artist from Stockton at Mays Landing, in a Press release. “Usually when I make art it’s for myself and not for something as big as that. So it’s really cool to be able to say to people, ‘Look at this, I have helped with that.'”

The mural was a collaborative project between the Noyes Museum of Art at the University of Stockton, Create 48 and the Atlantic City Arts Foundation.

It is located at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue and was completed in time for the 113th NAACP National Conventionwhich takes place from July 14 to July 20.

“When congresspeople come and see these murals, it will hopefully inspire them to bring them back to communities across the country and highlight not only the people who are national icons, but also the people who have made an impact. on our local communities,” Noyes said the museum’s executive director, Michael Cagno.

Brigantine artists Charles Barbin and Randi Meekins created the mural inside their studio on five 5-by-10-foot sections of parachute canvas. The sections were then taped to the wall in Atlantic City, and Stockton students painted the finishing touches.

Stockton University NAACP Atlantic City Murals

“To be able to honor not one, but four women, who paved the way for people like me, makes me very proud,” said Meekins, owner of Brigantine’s Dune Gallery with Barbin. “Two of the educators taught my grandparents when they were in school, so I really feel connected to this project in many ways.”

The mural is one of two created for the convention. The other mural by New York artist BK Foxx depicts three civil rights leaders – Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali and Fannie Lou Hamer – and is based on photographs of them taken in Atlantic City.