Tuesday, March 14, 2006
I've always admired this mosaic. It caught my eye during my first walk in the neighborhood, and I pass it frequently, as it's placed on the side of a building quite close to my local coffee shop.
I photographed it this afternoon, and have only just now realized that it contains a text component.
Here's what's written on the lower left:
I believe that my life is worth saving because of the person I am today. 2003 Rose Dinkins
Free Rose Dinkins
Rose Dinkins, it seems, is one of the Lifers on Tile.
Due to the expression of the figure's eyes, I had always assumed it was a death memorial. Though I wasn't entirely right, perhaps I wasn't too far off the mark, either.
A helpful reader has provided me with details on the artist, Mary DeWitt, additional information on Rose Dinkins, and context for the Lifers on Tile.
Here are the links:
So many ways to absorb this work...
There's an extensive database of Philadelphia's murals/mosaics, but this one isn't included.
I'll keep looking and post any information I find.
This was a tremendously hard blow to Penn Hills, and in fact East Hills Shopping Center quickly deteriorated and essentially closed within a few years. The area is just now - thirty years later - showing prospects of rehabilitation, albeit as a WalMart.
So, I don't know anything about Ms. Dinkins today, but her actions in 1972 are infamous in our community.
The murdered men were William Schrott and Bartley Connolly Jr. There's an on-line memorial at
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