Barksdale mural work to begin soon

By Michelle Reeves

The Barksdale mural is moving forward. Funds are looking up and we are ready to start some of the pre-mural work.

Cleanup is set for June 16 from 9 a.m. until we are finished. Cleanup will include physical removal of debris, trimming of vines that hang over the mural surface, and pressure washing. Our neighbor Rob Rodrigez has been gracious enough to volunteer his time and pressure washer to cleaning the entire underpass. Three cheers for Mr. Rodrigez!

Materials needed for the cleanup include trash bags, brooms, clippers for vines, and ladders. Next, we will need 1-2 days for prep work.

Prep work Day 1 is set for June 17 from 9 a.m. until we are finished or come to a stopping point. This includes the application of a base coat/sealer to prepare our surface for the mural. This can be done by any and all volunteers. Materials needed will be paint rollers, brushes, drop cloths and ladders. Safety is of the utmost importance. Adults only will be allowed to use ladders. Both days are likely to require some traffic management as volunteers will be beside the street, so we must beware of cars at all times. An additional day of prep work will likely be needed.

Included in the design of the Barksdale mural are silhouettes. Our goal is to have as many community members included in the mural in silhouette as possible. We will be asking for a $20 donation for the projects funding, or if you have lived in Cooper-Young for at least 20 years, just your silhouette will be donation enough. All donations are tax deductible. Dates for having your silhouette drawn and the artistic execution will be announced later.

Are you, or do you know, an artist in our community who might want to volunteer for the mural’s execution? Would you like to be kept up to date on when silhouettes will be drawn? Please contact us at and let us know. Or keep up to date at and our facebook page,

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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