"Black Women Emerging" Catches My Eye in Chicago's Bronzeville Neighborhood
During my time in Chicago, I kept passing a colorful Bronzeville mural on S Cottage Grove Ave & E 41st St.
The mural is called “Black Women Emerging,” and was created by Justine Presha' DeVan in 1977. 40+ years later, BWE remains relevant considering the #blackgirlmagic movement. During my research, a source noted that many female community members, young and old, helped prime and paint the mural.
DeVan has a low online profile. I was unable to discover photos of the artist, but she has remained an advocate for the arts serving on the National Conference of Artists (NCA) board.