Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Powderly Library Proud to House Bloody Sunday Commemorative Painting

DNA Ingrained by Steven R. Skipper

The Powderly Branch Library is very proud to have a limited edition print of Steven R. Skipper's DNA Ingrained displayed in its meeting room. Skipper visited the Powderly Library on October 16, 2015, to donate the framed print. The painting includes scenes of the attack on civil rights marchers crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and it also pays tribute to other heroes in the civil rights movement.

After the movie Selma was nominated for an Academy Award, Skipper did some research and discovered that there was no art work honoring the marchers on Bloody Sunday. With this in mind, he wanted to pay honor to the marchers, and thus the painting was created. The title of the painting means “the DNA of our ancestors is ingrained in the concrete on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.” This is a beautiful painting with a deep, historical meaning.

Hugh Hardy
Powderly Branch Library

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