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Best Mural Commemorating the Rich History of Lincoln Heights: Black Excellence in Zone 15

Best Mural Commemorating the Rich History of Lincoln Heights

A new 80-foot long mural was unveiled in Lincoln Heights in September. Titled “Black Excellence in Zone 15,” the artwork — located at Serenity Park — aims to celebrate the rich history and famous residents of this neighborhood, “the first primarily Black self-governing community north of the Mason-Dixon line.” A project of The Heights Movement — a local group with the goal of engaging, uplifting and empowering the “residents of Lincoln Heights and people of color in Hamilton County by giving them the tools of workforce development and land ownership” — artist Daryl Myntia Daniels designed the work and painted it with assistance from youth apprentices hired via a partnership with ArtWorks and ArtsWave. The title of the mural, “Zone 15,” comes from an area nickname based on the Zip Code, 45215, says Brandi Colvin, who does PR for The Heights Movement. “The mural is a historical timeline highlighting the great people who have come from Lincoln Heights,” Colvin says. The mural includes representations of: the village’s first mayor, Michael J. Mangham; Olympians Mae Faggs Starr and William DeHart Hubbard (the first Black person to win a gold medal in an individual event for the running long jump at the 1924 Paris Olympics); sports stars Tony Yates, Greg Stimerick and Darryl Hardy; musicians The Isley Brothers and Gospel singer Charles Fold; poet Nikki Giovanni; political leaders including Carl Westmoreland, Samuel Glover II, Paul Blackwell and Yvette Simpson; and Dolores Lindsay, founder of the Lincoln Heights Health Center.