Speaking with the artist Sade Lawson :

As far as my experience with working on the wall, it was quite difficult as it was the warmest time of the year and I was working on another huge mural project. I can say it was a very rewarding experience getting to use my talents to share the stories of influential Black Austinites. It was also very rewarding to hire 9 artists to assist on my project including 8 People of Color and 5 women with varying backgrounds and experiences in the art field. It was nice to see the other artists connect with each other, we also had a couple buy us lunch one day as well as a gentleman and his partner stop to tell us how much they appreciated what we were doing. Many others stopped by and gave compliments and thanks on the wall.


Mary Elizabeth Branch – First Female President at Tillotson College, Austin’s oldest higher education institution

Thurgood Marshall – First Black Supreme Court Justice. lived on E11th street during the legal fight to desegregate the University Of Texas at Austin

Azie Taylor Morton — Appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the Treasurer of the United States from 1977 to 1981. The only African American to hold that position.

Willie Wells – Born in Austin, Willie Wells. Wells was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 also inducted into the Mexican Professional Baseball Hall of Fame and Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tarik Daniels – Writer, director, producer, playwright, and podcaster, his artistic works focus on social injustices faced by the Black diaspora of women and queer and trans people of color in America.

Christina Muhammad – Christina is known for her work with the public, providing back-to-school events, aiding evacuees, and providing self-defense training. She also is coordinating the building efforts for a 100-acre community in Central Texas.

Chas Moore – Leader of The Austin Justice Coalition, a grassroots, activist-led organization which demands criminal justice reform and seeks to build community at the local, state, and national levels.