Chicken lovers may know the story – i.e. that the Buffalo wing was allegedly invented by Teressa Bellissimo in 1964 at Anchor Bar in the sleepy city of Buffalo in the state of New York.
The thing though, is, sans the spiced fried chicken, Buffalo has other surprises – e.g. The Freedom Wall.
Located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street, The Freedom Wall was built in 2017 by John Baker, Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley and Edreys Wajed.
It was commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative, in partnership with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA).
It was developed in collaboration with the Michigan Street African-American Heritage Corridor and neighborhood stakeholders.
From the get-go, the intention was always clear: The Freedom Wall eyes to celebrate the nation’s historic and ongoing struggles for political and social equality.
The large concrete wall surrounding NFTA’s Cold Spring Bus Maintenance Depot now has portraits of 28 civil rights leaders.
Some of the subjects depicted include:
Mama Charlene Caver Miller
William Wells Brown
W. E. B. Du Bois
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mary B. Talbert
Now, The Freedom Wall continues to encourage conversations about the scope of the long journey toward equality and freedom.
And that a lot of effort still needs to be done to bring about a just and equitable world.