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New mural unveiling at Springfield High School

An official dedication with the artist, Springfield High students, AARP Oregon and Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg took place on Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo courtesy AARP Oregon)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield will be officially brighter Friday with the unveiling of a new mural designed by artist Jessilyn Brinkerhoff and painted by students of Springfield High School and volunteers with AARP Oregon under the artist's direction, AARP officials said.

There was an official dedication with the artist, students, AARP Oregon and Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg Friday morning at Springfield High.

In honor of Black History Month, AARP Oregon Executive Member Geneva Craig will share her experiences as a teenager in Selma Alabama during the Civil Rights marches, including "Bloody Sunday."

Principal Jose da Silva will also speak at the event. Mariachi Del Sol will provide musical entertainment.

"We're so thrilled that AARP funded this mural to celebrate diversity and the value of intergenerational partnerships," said Carmel Perez Snyder, AARP Oregon Outreach and Advocacy Manager in Lane County. "Springfield's efforts to build an age-friendly city makes this community a wonderful place to live, work and play."

Information on the Guest Speaker from AARP:

Geneva Craig bio: Born in Selma, Alabama, during the time of segregation, Craig became an active participant in the civil rights movement. She was repeatedly jailed for demonstrations against Alabama for the state's refusal to let African-Americans vote, and she was among the nonviolent protesters beaten by Alabama state troopers on "Bloody Sunday," when they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965, during the first Selma to Montgomery march.
Craig is a member of the AARP Oregon Executive Council, a former chairperson of the AARP Oregon Diversity Advisory Council and clinical program coordinator of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.
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