Mural Celebrating Juneteenth
ShoreLake Arts and the City of Shoreline co-commissioned artists Myron Curry and Cynncear Easley to create a new mural in Shoreline celebrating Juneteenth.
The mural sits prominently on the west-facing wall of Shoreline Secure Storage at Midvale Ave N and N 178th St and is visible from Aurora Avenue and the Interurban Trail Park.
Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and read General Orders Number 3 informing the people of Texas that all slaves were free. President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the Confederate States almost three years before. Juneteenth was quickly followed by the ratification of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery. Juneteenth became a holiday in Texas in 1980 and is celebrated today for the ways in which it shows how far we have come as a nation in the past and how far we have to go in the present.
Myron Curry is a Seattle-based artist and designer. His body of work consists of everything from dry brush, acrylic and oil painting portraits to abstract art. His inspiration comes from visual images within his environment that reach his heart and soul; sometimes its beauty, sometimes its pain, but always a feeling that not only catches his eye but has the “IT” factor. Check out Myron Curry’s website at mcurrydesigns.com.
Cynncear Easley is a Shoreline-based emerging artist and graduate of Shorecrest High School. He has exhibited work throughout the city, including at Black Coffee Northwest. Follow Cynncear Easley on Instagram @easleytribe.
Photography by Adam Collett. Check out Adam’s website at photographicrevolution.com and follow Adam on Instagram @collet.adam.
This project was made possible through the collaborative efforts of ShoreLake Arts and the City of Shoreline with help from the remarkable staff at Black Coffee Northwest.