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Mural going up in Lexington honoring community activist Anita Franklin

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 11:34 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - LexArts is uniting with other city leaders to create a mural in honor of nonviolence activist Anita Franklin.

Franklin was known for her peace walks in Lexington. Her non-violence movement captured the attention of many around Lexington and throughout the Commonwealth.

In 2014, her son Antonio Franklin was shot and killed as he was walking through Duncan Park. She became an activist for non-violence and led peace walks in the East End twice a year.

Franklin died at the beginning of 2020 from a heart attack.

Now, her image is just feet away from where her son was killed.

“This mural means a lot because my mom consistently made it her mission to come back in this park,” Ricardo Franklin said.

Ricardo hopes the mere image of his mother may make people think twice before committing violence.

However, the mural isn’t quite finished.

“It’s something you have to get right. You can’t mess it up because people are gonna look to it and they are either going to say ‘who is that’ or they gonna say ‘oh, that’s Miss Anita. So, there was definitely a lot of pressure,” said artist Keaton Young.

More funding is needed to complete the mural. A fundraising effort is ongoing to raise $10,000 to pay for the artist and materials. Click here if you’d like to donate to the Anita Franklin mural.

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