FROM STAFF REPORTS
“Faces of Pride, Then and Now,” a mural of Ormond Beach residents and others was unveiled again during a special ceremony on Aug. 25 at the South Ormond Neighborhood Center, 176 Division Ave.
The mural has been framed and protected with Plexiglas to preserve it for future generations to enjoy.
It was painted by Kamal Mateen, an Ormond Beach native. Mateen is an accomplished painter, writer and musician whose work has been featured in the sitcom television shows “Living Single” and “The Jamie Foxx Show.”
B-CU curator speaks
The mural combines influential African-Americans in both the nation’s history as well as the history of Ormond Beach. The mural was first dedicated on Dec. 5, 1999, and it has been on display at the South Ormond Neighborhood Center.
The speaker for the “Unveil Again” program was Dr. Ashley N. Robertson curator, Bethune Foundation, Bethune-Cookman University. She was introduced by Daisy Grimes, also of B-CU. The Rev. John Baldwin II, the university’s chaplain, delivered the invocation. Guests were entertained with a vocal selection from Dawn Gross.
Also on the program was Ormond Beach Leisure Services Director Robert Carolin who gave the welcome. City Manager Joyce Shanahan read a proclamation. VITAS Innovative Hospice Care General Manager Shanda Nobles, RN, also spoke. VITAS was one of the sponsors.