Action News Reporter Lisa Thomas-Laury of Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate reported on the mural just completed in connection with Bryn Mawr’s 125th-anniversary celebration in a piece that aired on Tuesday, May 31.
The mural was created in partnership with Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program and adorns the Philadelphia District Health Center at 4400 Haverford Avenue. Muralist Shira Walinsky led the project, which was painted with the help of Bryn Mawr students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. Joining the Bryn Mawr community on the project were members of the surrounding community, including students from nearby Parkway West High School, where Bryn Mawr students serve as classroom assistants to teachers, tutor and mentor individual students, and engage in community-based research projects.
The mural pays tribute to women who have made a difference in enhancing the lives of others and promoting education — including Michelle Obama and Sojourner Truth. Philadelphia First Lady and Philadelphia Academies, Inc. President Lisa Nutter and Sister Ruth Catherine, who marched in the civil rights movement and later started a successful food shelter in West Philadelphia, are among the Philadelphians featured on the mural. Bryn Mawr alumnae on the mural include Ume Tsuda ’29, founder of Tsuda College, one of Japan’s first women’s colleges, and four-time Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn ’28.
The mural’s unveiling was also reported in May by KYW Newsradio.