African American Trailblazers Mural

By Kiara Sanders

The African American Trailblazers mural celebrates twelve Black trailblazers who helped shape and improve the Chapel Hill and Carrboro community.

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African American Trailblazers

By Kiara Sanders
Installed 2021

Located at 111 S. Merritt Mill Road


“The composition that I had in mind was strongly influenced by the artworks of Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas. His figures often had auras that seemed to radiate from them, giving them a powerful presence that I feel would be fitting for the trail-blazing African-American people this mural is dedicated to.”

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The mural is located on a building home to two Black-owned businesses, Walt’s Grill and Ms. Molly’s Gift Shop.

“Once we shared the concept of the mural, everyone we approached saw the need to honor these community members and the value that a mural like this brings to downtown,” says Jemma Boler, President of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapel of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

The idea for the mural originated by members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and then made a reality through several partnerships including Community Arts & Culture, the Town of Carrboro, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, the Orange County Arts Commission, and the North Carolina Arts Council.

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