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New murals in Milwaukee County Courthouse depict a vision of equality and unity

Posted at 1:03 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 09:51:12-04

MILWAUKEE — During a virtual unveiling, city officials and local artists showcased seven new murals put up inside the Milwaukee County Courthouse building Tuesday afternoon.

City officials said the installation of new murals in the courthouse is designed to create a welcoming and inclusive space at the courthouse. The hope is to display the spirit of Milwaukee County's vision to achieve racial equity and become the healthiest county in Wisconsin.

Artist Rosy Petri created a six-piece series of hands that spell "MKE WI" in American Sign Language.

"These hands are not faces they belong to anybody and standing as a reminder that we all belong the culture of Milwaukee," said Petri.

The letters are created in different skin tone colors. It is meant to portray the beauty of the City but also the challenges facing surrounding racial equality.

"We get to decide what Milwaukee will become so we want to be an epicenter of discrimination or do we want to be a great city on a Great Lake," said Petri.

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