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Community to celebrate completion of Book T. Washington Mural

ASHLAND, Ky. — Ashland in Motion is excited to announce that the Booker T. Washington School Mural has been completed, and invites the community to the unveiling of a long-awaited initiative that celebrates Ashland's history and the African-American community.

Ashland in Motion will host a reception and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 29 at the Ashland Train Depot, located next to the mural site, beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

The reception will feature photographs and memorabilia from the Booker T. Washington School. The reception and ribbon cutting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 

The Ashland Train Depot is located at 99 15th St. in Ashland, Kentucky.

The site of the Booker T. Washington School Mural is located on the Port of Ashland floodwall behind the Ashland Transportation Center. The mural depicts the school building and honors the legacy of the school's principal, C.B. Nuckolls, and the full-time curriculum faculty. An adjacent mural depicts the Booker T. Washington School sports teams.   

The mural is painted by local artist Jerry Johnson, a former student of Booker T. Washington School, along with assistance provided by the Ohio University Southern art department.      

Fundraising efforts for the mural began over a decade ago, led by respected local leaders and educators. Ashland in Motion adopted the Booker T. Washington School Mural project in 2016 to advocate for its awareness and completion. 

"Ashland in Motion is honored to have served such a worthy initiative. It has been truly inspiring to hear the personal accounts of all the generous donors and to witness the determination of the project committee. Ashland in Motion looks forward to the debut of this project as it honors the past and preserves the memory and lessons of the Booker T. Washington School for future generations," said Ashland in Motion executive director Whitney Lowe. 

The Booker T. Washington School, formally located on Central Avenue and Seventh Street, was built in 1903, closed in 1962, and was later demolished. A plaque now stands at the site of the school that once served Ashland's African-American youth during the Jim Crow era. The school sustained itself primarily on donations from the African-American community.

For more information regarding the Booker T. Washington School Mural and Ashland in Motion please visit http://ucanchange.webs.com/muralunite.htm and www.ashlandinmotion.org/. 

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