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Series Of Murals Will Showcase History Of Houston’s Oldest Neighborhoods

The paintings are part of a rebranding of the Washington Avenue area.

The rich history of some of Houston’s oldest neighborhoods is the theme of a mural unveiled Friday in the Sixth Ward. The painting is part of a rebranding of the Washington Avenue Arts District, which has changed its name to Arts District Houston.

Artist Royal Sumikat painted the mural, titled “Bringing Home with Us,” in just four days using mostly spray paint. It depicts a group of women that represent the emancipated slaves and the immigrants from Germany, Italy and Mexico who first populated the Sixth Ward in the 1800s.

“I wanted it to symbolize the predecessors of this neighborhood shouldering the responsibility to build a community where they can work, live and thrive,” Sumikat said.

In this video, artist Royal Sumikat describes her mural “Bringing Home with Us.”

Theresa Escobedo, project manager with Arts District Houston, says that besides showcasing the history and traditions of old Houston, the project also aims to highlight local businesses. Sumikat painted the mural on the exterior wall of the Henderson & Kane General Store.

The mural is the first of five that will be unveiled in the coming months as part of a series that’s partly funded by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Houston Arts Alliance.

In this video, Theresa Escobedo gives details on when the new murals will be unveiled.

 

One of the goals of the project is to attract more tourists to the First and Sixth wards.

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