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A new public art installation honors Black elders in Louisville

The (Un)Known Project will hold a dedication and unveiling of “In Our Elder’s Footprints” on Saturday, June 8.

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The footprints wind around the companion art piece to a quote by Maya Angelou.

Photo by LOUtoday

This Saturday, June 8, the 2021 art piece “On the Banks of Freedom” will be joined by a companion piece entitled “In Our Elders’ Footprints.”

The new piece, conceptualized by (Un)Known Project co-founders and lead artists Hannah Drake and Josh Miller, features footprints from Black elders, including State Senator Gerald Neal, sculptor Ed Hamilton + his wife Bernadette (a retired JCPS administrator), civil rights activist Mattie Jones, and more.

Last year, 20 Black Louisville elders took part in a celebration event at Roots 101 African American Museum, at which their footprints were painted and documented in preparation for this project. The new piece will sit alongside “On the Banks of Freedom” on the Louisville riverwalk, between 9th and 10th Streets.

The unveiling will take place Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. Attendance is free, but an RSVP is requested.

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