Chalkboard art boards celebrating Women & Black History

How Easton is Using Art to Celebrate Women & Black History

March 22nd, 2021

By Jennifer Peterson

Throughout Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March, Easton is honoring the contributions Black women have made throughout Columbus’ rich history through collaboration with community service group BREATHE, and Columbus historian Rita Fuller-Yates.

The two-month community art tribute, titled In the Life and Times of Black Women, brings four Black female artists together to create an exhibit encapsulating the lives of local figures who have made an impact on Columbus and the Black community over the last century.

Each week, the artists create their own interpretation of The Life and Times of Black Women. The large, cube-shaped murals have been proudly displayed in the Easton Station Building Rotunda since February, and will be up through the end of March 2021.

The Black women featured in the exhibit include:

  • Charleta Tavares, a former member of the Ohio Senate
    • Artist — Gini Elliott
  • Martha Hartway, a Black pioneer in greater Columbus
    • Artist — Francesca Miller
  • Yolanda Harris, a current WBNS-TV news anchorwoman
    • Artist — Lisa McLymont
  • Mayme Moore, a civil rights activist who helped found the Columbus NAACP
    • Artist — Katerina Fuller

The stories of these impactful leaders have reached a wide audience given the number of guests our center hosts each month, and our team is honored that BREATHE Columbus approached Easton to be the location partner for their special project celebrating Black and Women’s History Month.

To learn more about this interactive walk through history, visit Easton’s website.

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