Settlers Landing is the site at which the Ohio Erie Canal was connected to the Cuyahoga River out to Lake Erin, driving the transportation of goods in Ohio History. At this site sits a memorial to the Irish American immigrants who worked on the Ohio Erie Canal. This mural was created to create a sanctuary for the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. The depiction of the digging of our canals is a reflection upon how we build up, and tear away out banks to relate to our great lake erie. The figures sway in the great build out of the canal, swing against the docs, load the tug boats and sing out to the sky. As one of the most independent and challenging projects this mural was created on a shoe string as Building Bridges broke ground as a 501c3. , I worked in an Roman Catholic church sanctuary that was abandoned and eventually turning into a conda. I was without heat and, painting away until the last funders pulled through. What a cold winter it was.2008.
The community organizers of the Cedar Central Neighborhood are being honored in this mural. Cedar Ave for so many decades was the race line, and neighbors who built the community as a mixed neighborhood supporting the influx of people in the great migration were rooted in the catholic workers movement, and the social justice movements of the Episcopal church and catholic diocese. The African American Baptist churches in this neighborhood honored the elders of the neighborhood though the depiction of three of the most historic community organizers, who worked across the great divide to support a strong integrated neighborhood.