Local artists paint new, racial justice mural in West Allis

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WEST ALLIS (CBS 58) -- A new mural highlighting social justice was debuted in West Allis on Sunday, Aug. 2.

It's called the “Martyrs of Justice, Heroes of Protest".

Inspired by the current racial and political tensions in America, it features local victims and pioneers.

The artists painted images of Earnest Lacy and Dontre Hamilton, and four, current Milwaukee activists.

The lead artist on the project said he hopes it inspires everyone to understand why the fight for justice exists.

“We are in West Allis and there may be many who do not agree with this imagery but there’s nothing offensive about it, it’s only positive in what it shows and it also, like I said hopefully will encourage people to educate themselves about what racial injustice really is," said Brad Anthony Bernard, associate professor at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

You can see the mural near 60th & Beloit Rd., on the side of the RSR Services building.

The project was a joint effort by the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and the Milwaukee Lutheran High School.

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