The Mural Man Travels to Liberia to Paint Community Murals #43 & #44
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Read about The Mural Man's travels to Liberia, Africa in March of 2106 to paint two murals to raise awareness of and combat the stigmatization of Ebola survivors. The U.S. Embassy Monrovia sponsored the project that called for identifying two towns impacted by Ebola and creating 2 community mural projects that would integrate Ebola survivors and/or family members with other community members.
Author Phillip Martin writes about his adventures and shares Liberian traditions and exotic recipes. Meet the people along his path and share his experiences, as well as learn about the culture and history of Liberia.
Usually, I get the theme for my murals by talking to some kind of administrators. That didn’t happen in Zorzor for Mural #43. Any and all authority figures abandoned me as I met with the dozen or so painters I was to work with. I had no idea what kind of theme they’d come up with. I was very pleasantly surprised. Their concerns for their community could be summed up in three categories - electricity, education and water. All of which are considered pretty much basics back home, but not in Zorzor. So, this was the information that was woven into the design for Mural #43.
A group of nearly twenty adults, sitting around the American Corner Library in Zwedru, discussed possible themes for Mural #44. There was a good flow of suggestions, so I was both relieved and pleased. However, Partick, the youngest member of the group raised his hand and then neatly tied all of our ideas up in a ribbon. He said he saw a light that represented the way for a new Liberia. It would shine through problems in roads, health care, food supplies and education as well as preservation of traditions and the importance of family. The mural theme was set.