July 13, 2023 - Mayor Tom Henry will join the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission, members of Glick Property Management, and city officials for the dedication ceremony of a new Faces of the Fort mural. The event will be held Thursday, July 20, at 11:30 a.m. at the Edsall House Apartments building B located at 310 West Berry St.
The mural depicts local advocates Harriet A. Miller and Monica Wehrle. The mural subjects were selected because of their instrumental role in the formation of three social justice movements: the establishment of the Women’s Bureau in 1977, the creation of Run Jane Run – a multisport event for adult amateur female athletes and their participation in the 2014 ACLU lawsuit advocating for marriage equality in Indiana. The mural artist is Lyndy Bazile.
Faces of the Fort is a public art initiative launched in 2021 designed to share the faces and stories of the community through large-scale murals strategically located across Fort Wayne. The project seeks to elevate civil rights and social justice stories of community residents, past and present, showcasing their stories and ideas for a more equitable and inclusive future.
A committee comprised of members from the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission, local arts organizations, neighborhood groups, the African/African-American Historical Society, the immigrant and refugee community, and the LGBTQ community selected artists to paint the murals. Four Faces of the Fort murals are installed in the southeast, southwest, and northeast quadrants and in downtown Fort Wayne.
Additional information on each mural, the mural subjects, and the artists can be found at www.FacesoftheFort.com.