Foote Homes mural brings hope to community - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Foote Homes mural brings hope to community

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A new mural is brightening a Memphis neighborhood days after a 15-year-old girl's murder.

"The mural itself is about 35 feet wide and 25 feet high," artist Erin Miller Williams said.

After three months of planning and three days of painting, Miller Williams put the finishing touches Friday on the mural near the Foote Homes housing development..

"I think color makes everybody happy," Miller Williams said. “It's been so cool to see people walking by the last three days, kind of stop and take it in, and take pictures of it and ask what it's about."

The answer is in the mural's message.

It reads “Hope will lead us there."

"So, we wanted people to know that clearly and loudly,” Miller Williams said. “And that's what I was hoping to achieve through this piece."

"That's really nice,” neighbor Trenton Jones said. “Actually some of the best artwork we've seen around here in a long time because most of the time it's like graffiti."

Miller Williams partnered with Streets Ministries to complete the mural.

It happens to be on one side of the youth outreach organization's building.

Streets Ministries stands just down the street from where a 15-year-old girl was killed last weekend during a drive-by shooting.

"This is not a norm in this community,” LaToya McCutcheon, with Streets Ministries, said. “Something positive like hope is what Streets is all about. Bringing hope into an environment that may not seem to have hope."

And while it may only be a mural, art has the power to inspire.

"Make it bright and colorful and kind of bring some light into this neighborhood," Miller Williams said.

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