The mural was a creation by renowned artist and visionary Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, director and founder of The Journey Projects and member of Indi/visible. Other partners included local painters and artists Donnie “Red Hawk” McDowell (Tuscarora) and Narzhio Calvin Boy Stuckey.
The mural was created to honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) in Robeson County, domestic violence victims and other women victims of violence in the county.
The project follows a series of activities in Robeson County by Indi/visible, a group of Lumbee, Tuscarora and African
American women working to use art as a form of healing for friends and families of the missing and murdered in Robeson County. The group has partnered with the UNC-Pembroke Museum of the Southeast American Indian and Shatter the Silence on projects designed to encourage friends and families of victims to use culture and art as a way to process complex emotions and move through trauma.
The mural is located at: 112 E. 3rd Avenue, Red Springs, North Carolina.
Full mural dedication by Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier
In addition to the mural, Lynn also facilitated an event using cyanotype in the county, which according to this article by The Artling describes cyanotype as “one of the oldest photographic printing processes in the history of photography.” The cyanotype project was in collaboration with the Southeastern Family Violence Center.
The North Carolina Arts Council delivers resources to arts organizations and artists to support projects and programs of public value that revitalize downtowns, educate and empower North Carolina youths, and fuel a thriving non-profit creative sector that generates over $2 billion annually.
Women AdvaNCe is a 501(c3) nonprofit media outlet dedicated to sharing stories of North Carolina women. The organization operates statewide.
Indi/visible is a group of artists and storytellers who are working with the families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) to uplift their voices and build community through the arts and storytelling.
The Journey Projects creates public art installations that engage communities in thinking about personal ancestry and the ancestral memory of the landscape and place.
The Southeastern Family Violence Center offers crisis intervention, shelter, and advocacy services for adult (men & women) as well as child victims of intimate partner violence and/or family violence.