The mural at the Burton-Phelan Community Garden celebrates influential African Americans in the Eastside community.
By Lauren Huet
Feb 13, 2017
State Representative Stephanie T. Bolden praised Phelan.
“I think it’s very important to keep the history alive of those that came before us that made it possible for us to be where we are today,” said Bolden. “We should never forget from which we’ve come and always acknowledge what was there in the past in order for us to be successful in the future.”
Mayor Mike Purzycki said racial relations were “dreadful” in the 1960’s.
“1967 when she was appointed to council it wasn’t a great time,” said Purzycki. “It was a remarkable achievement at that time in the ‘60s for an African American woman to be elected to council.”