Public art murals transforming North Baton Rouge

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North Baton Rouge may be known for a lack of development and blighted properties but that could all change now that the community is getting a make over.

One brush stroke at a time, buildings are being turned into a canvass for local artists to paint murals.

“These buildings are abandoned, overgrown, and have been left for many many years,” said Pat McCallister Leduff.

Leduff with the Baton Rouge non-profit Walls Project, tells us they started painting five years ago. It’s a predominately African American community in which the murals painted reflect their history.

“This picture represents the 1953 bus boycott, that started here in this community along with Pearl George,” said Minister Kevin Cryer.

Cryer thinks its important for the youth to see the murals.

“Because it was a struggle for us, and it shows where we were at the time and where we are going,” said Cryer.

They hope murals not only preserve African American history but also change the image of North Baton Rouge.

“Blight and crime go hand-in-hand and where there is light it illuminates darkness…so we want to bring light into dark places,” said Cryer.

If you would like to be apart of the Walls Project, a meeting is being held on Tuesday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Istrouma High School.

Istrouma High School is located at 3730 Winbourne Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70805.

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