(Image: Catto Mural at Universal Charter, located at Broad and Catherine,)
Mural Arts Unveils New Mural Honoring O.V. Catto, October 2, 2018
This project supported a year-long effort in 2017-2018 to enable learning civics lessons from the Catto story. The goal was to teach students about the history of black and brown people, as well as to inspire activism, said Shaquita Smith, Philadelphia School District’s social studies curriculum specialist.
“We want to make sure those stories are told, and we want to make sure that our students are doing more than just learning about them, but learning that they too can act. You can be a productive citizen, that’s good and well, but you also need to learn how to be engaged citizens.” – — Shaquita Smith, School District of Philadelphia
The mural, Remembering a Forgotten Hero, is a 6,000 square foot mural created by local artists Willis Nomo Humphrey and Keir Johnson. The unveiling event brought together students from Universal Charter School and Philadelphia School Districts’ public middle and high school students. Many participated together in the year-long Catto education initiative, led by the District’s Social Studies curriculum Office.
Photo: South Philly Review