The Developing Artist Collaboration, in conjunction with West Side New Beginnings Children and Youth Program Inc. and the community members of West Rehoboth, announced the completion of the West Rehoboth Legacy Mural. A public dedication ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 20, at 37401 Malloy St., Rehoboth Beach.
Within walking distance of the mural, the West Side Creative Market operated by the Developing Artist Collaboration will be featuring local artists and food trucks at 19826 Central St. Rehoboth Beach after the unveiling.
This mural features a largely unknown historical narrative of the iconic community of color known as West Rehoboth, created by internationally known artist Terrance Vann, a West Rehoboth native with roots reaching back multiple generations.
Its content has been derived from oral histories of descendants of the founding families of West Rehoboth as well as personal accounts from the West Rehoboth Legacy Partners Committee consisting of Brenda Milbourne, Waynne Paskins, Lucille Hood, Clyde Vann and Diaz J. Bonville, led by project historian Antoine Vann.
In the fall, QR codes will be added to different sections of the scenes so the public can access videos of oral histories and historic facts to learn about the largely unknown history of West Rehoboth and the surrounding community.
This mural has been commissioned by the Developing Artist Collaboration, a nonprofit organization based in West Rehoboth, and has been financially supported by individual community members, the Delaware Community Foundation, Sussex County Council, Festival of Cheer, and the Southern Delaware Food and Wine Festival.
More information can be found at developingarts.org/artreach.