Ribbon-cutting celebrates Juneteenth Freedom Underpass Mural

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Richmond leaders joined members of the Pullman Neighborhood Council for a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the Juneteenth Freedom Underpass Mural at S. 37th St.

The mural was painted on the southside of the underpass located between Chanslor and Ohio avenues. The parade that kicks off the annual Juneteenth event in Richmond passes through the underpass en route to the festival in Nicholl Park each June.

In addition to the mural, the project includes a section of artwork honoring Jerrold Hatchett, a longtime community advocate and organizer.

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt and Richmond City Councilmember Nat Bates were among the attendees today.

The Pullman Neighborhood Council, which organized to get the mural project approved by the Recreation and Parks Commission and City Council, worked with Bay Area muralist Desi Mundo of the Community Rejuvenation Project, who led residents in the design and painting of the mural.

The project was the recipient of a Love Your Block mini-grant.