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Public art celebrating Dr. King

Public art celebrating Dr. King

Crespinel Mural

In the summer of 1995, artist James Crespinel painted a 17-foot-tall mural of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the side of Catfish Corner restaurant at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Cherry Street in Seattle's Central District.

Crespinel worked as a volunteer on the project, which was initiated by AmeriCorps volunteers working through the Seattle Police Department.

The mural soon became a point of pride for the neighborhood, and a tourist attraction. However, two decades of Pacific Northwest weather eventually took its toll on the artwork. So in 2015, Crespinel returned to the corner with his son Nicholas and restored the mural to its former glory.

Mural featuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by James Crespinel

Mural by James Crespinel
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