New Mural in Jenkintown is ‘Symbol of Solidarity’ That Brings Message of Racial Justice


A new mural in Jenkintown that depicts a colorful raised fist is the result of a partnership between two childhood friends who want to bring a message of racial justice to the Philadelphia suburbs, writes Howard Monroe for CBS3 Philly.

Titled the Symbol of Solidarity, the mural represents a colorful talking point from one of the darkest times in the nation’s history.

“To me, with this symbol, it just shows an illustration of all types of walks, all types of backgrounds and experiences coming together in power, in unity, and agreement,” said Brian Bowens, the artist who painted the mural.

The two-story mural that can be seen on Johnson Street began as a standard-size painting that Bowens brought to a vigil following the death of George Floyd.

Dr. Stuart Tollen, the owner of the building, was at the vigil. After seeing the painting he promptly commissioned the mural.

“Jenkintown is becoming more diverse, so I think it really fits in quite nicely,” said Tollen.

The message of racial justice and the mural sends are now the focus of a new documentary also titled the Symbol of Solidarity.

Read more about the mural and racial justice in CBS3 Philly.

Check out this video on the making of the mural and the new documentary.

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