If you haven’t seen the new mural on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street in New Kensington yet, it’s sure to impress. Westmoreland Community Action is proud to sponsor this project with support from BNY Mellon and UPMC Health Plan. Artist Bernie Wilke, criminal justice Professor Dr. Timothy Holler, and Westmoreland Community Action have been working with community members and local artists to install a mural depicting the essence of New Ken.
The mural reflects images of the town’s history with Alcoa in the unspooling of aluminum; fallen police officer, Brian Shaw; Penn State New Ken Chancellor, Kevin Snider; basketball player, RicQuan Johnson; and Michelle Thom, operations manager of Olde Towne Overhaul; all while retaining a 30 year old graffiti tag – “I ? BIF” – a well known local reference to David Allen Cooper who died in 1992.
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