Civil Rights & Heritage Trail - Meetings

Story Circle evokes memories of W. 15th St.

December 2, 2010

In preparation for the creation of a mural depicting W. 15th St. in its heyday, a 'Story Circle', hosted by the Spirit of Anniston, was held at the Carver Community Center on December 2nd. A Half dozen people sat in a circle and shared memories while mural artist Joseph Giri listened.

Using a Story Circle format that was led by JSU Adjunct professor Anita Stewart, each person in the circle had about five minutes to share a story. Each story is supposed to have a beginning, middle and end, while everyone else listens and doesn't interrupt or interact. 

The exercise elicited some great visual images that will be incorporated into the mural. The Spirit staff hopes to facilitate more Story Circles on various topics next year. If you have anything you'd like to share please contact the Spirit of Anniston at 256-236-0996. 

More public meetings will be scheduled so stay tuned for further date announcements. 

Highlights from Carver Community Meeting

The Trail committee welcomed an interactive group of more than 40 local residents to hear an update on logo development, brochure & sign copy, and to contribute mural ideas.

Jason Wright, JSU graduate student, who has been working on a logo design for the Trail, showed several versions of his design. Jennifer Gross, JSU history professor and Theresa Shadrix, Star special publications editor, both working on the copy for signs and the brochure, are continuing to seek input & information about various sites on the Trail.

Jauneth Skinner, chair of the JSU art department and Betsy Bean, Spirit director, led a brainstorming session on topics for murals in W. 15th St. area. Ideas included portraits of the local political leaders who defused difficult situations; Big 15th (the area in its heyday); Morris & Ray service station; children skating on 15th; Pine at Christmas; All Saints Church and Father Casey who provided the only recreation area for black children; the churches involved in the Civil Rights movement; a scene related to the integration of the library. John Davis showed a print of his folk art painting of the bus burning.

Other ideas from the audience included creating a replica of the bus; potential souvenirs; three dimensional public art such as a statue for William Dawson, well known black composer from Anniston.