Park Street Cultural Tour

Home on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
Experiencing Community
What the Kids Said

Day One
Chadbourne College
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Trinity Church
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Yee's Laundry
La Movida
Mercado Marimar
Bram's Addition

Day Two
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Romnes Apartments
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Miracle's Home
Neighborhood House
Italian Workmen's Club
Family Potluck

Day Three
Meriter Hospital
Bayview Mural
Bocce Ball
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Mexico Lindo
Fishing Along Wingra Creek

Day Four
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Eugene Parks
Quality Ace Hardware
Oriental Shop
Lakeside Fibers
Chicken Underground
Family Daycare
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Multicultural Center

Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2

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Hmong Cultural Tour

Detail of mural showing a Vietnan serviceman killed in action and two men playing guitars

Boys & Girls Club

2001 Taft Street

David Giffey speaking about his muralsMural showing arrival of African slaves as well as European immigrantsAt 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 first Community Life muralmural 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.

Corner detail showing a man on a bike with an African carving
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.

Detail of mural showing 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
I thought
Good paintings
Great work
When David finished explaining them
I thought
Good painting
Great meaning
Awesome job
–Sara K.

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