Crowds gather in DC to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mural
For almost a year, a Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mural has stood tall at the corner in an alley between 15th and U Streets in Washington, D.C. And now, artists have painted a second mural paying tribute to Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
Ginsburg died Friday from complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87.
Artists Shawn Perkins and David Zambrano teamed up on Saturday to paint the mural of Ginsburg. The two artists spray-painted the mural on the outside of Blackfinn Ameripub, one block from the Black Lives Matter Plaza and two blocks from the White House.
“With the recent passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there was no question who we would commemorate with this latest piece,” Perkins told CNN.
The Ruth Bader Ginsburg mural project was led by the nonprofit PAINTS Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to providing arts education to youth in underserved communities within the Washington D.C., area.
John Chisholm, executive director of the PAINTS Institute, said the nonprofit initially had a two-day mural event planned over the weekend. “But the news hits, and it changes the world. You’ve got to be able to pivot to tell relevant stories. That’s what we always say: art isn’t a moment, it’s a movement.”
Chisholm said he loved watching the once-blank wall become a gathering place within just a few hours of the artists beginning their work. People brought flowers, others took selfies. The mural sparked conversations among passersby about Ginsburg and the trails she blazed.
“It just shows what she stood for,” Chisholm said. “What a legacy.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mural in Along U Street
This time last year, artist Rose Jaffe painted a two-story mural on U Street in northwest D.C. Since Friday, the two-story mural has become focal point for mourners. Many have visited in recent days and placed flowers, signs, and candles at the base of the mural.
Jaffe painted Ginsburg wearing a judge’s robe and decorative collar surrounded by birds. The artist told The Hill that the birds represent the brand and future activists who follow in the justice’s legacy.
The painting was done as a commission on a building owned by Flock DC, an umbrella organization for three local real estate management firms.
‘Women shouldn’t be the exception’
Ginsburg became a role model to generations for her quick wit, legal knowledge, and unapologetic convictions. She perhaps spoke loudest about women’s rights.
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. I don’t say (the split) should be 50-50,” Ginsburg said. “It could be 60% men, 40% women, or the other way around. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”
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Journalist and author Danielle Nadler grew up in South Dakota, where a patient writing teacher fostered in her a love for stories told well. She's worked for newspapers in the Midwest, on the West Coast and the East Coast, and recently launched a storytelling company called Tales and Ales.