2001 Taft Street
At the Boys and Girls Club, we interviewed David Giffey about the murals he painted. David Giffey is sixty-two years old. Not only is he an artist, he is also a journalist. He started painting in 1986. He called his murals the “Decades Mural Project.” He has four murals hanging in the gym.
I can’t remember what the firstmural was called, but I can remember what it looked like. In the upper left-hand corner, there was a picture of slaves chained together—they are being kidnapped and brought over to the U.S. When they got here, they were forced to work.
He also had a picture of some Europeans coming to America, just like African Americans. Unlike the African Americans, however, they came of their own free will. . . . The main colors on these murals are black, red, and green—symbolic colors for Africans.
The second mural showed how Black people weren’t allowed to buy houses, lots of famous African American leaders, a burning cross, and a corner of the Statue of Liberty. The third showed important Black people of the south Madison area, the south side Raiders football team, the old Boys and Girls Club burning down, and part of the Statue of Liberty.
[One mural] he showed us was called "Community Life 1970s.” The first block party happened in 1973. In the mural, they had Marian Anderson. She was the first African American to perform in the White House.
When I walked
Into the Boys
And Girls Club
And saw the murals
When David finished explaining them