A Mural of Justice in the Bronx

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor with the artists. (Photo via The Bronx Free Press)

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor with the artists. (Photo via The Bronx Free Press)

Bronx graffiti artist Alfredo Oyague, or “Per One,” the man behind many of the murals in the Soundview area, got together other professional muralists to create images of notable locals on a wall he secured near the intersection of Morrison and Westchester avenues, reports Erik Cuello for The Bronx Free Press.

They include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, rapper KRS-One and DJ Afrika Bambaataa. The mural, produced by artists from FX and Tats Cru, also contains images of everyday life in the neighborhood.

It includes items indicative of life in Soundview, including the 6 train by the Whitlock station, an open hydrant, a disc jockey, hip hop, a child playing hopscotch, multicultural flags representing members of the community, and a piragua cart.

At an unveiling ceremony on Aug. 16, in which artists, including Per One, received certificates from Rep. José Serrano and Assembly members Marcos Crespo and Luis Sepulveda, a special guest also stopped by.

They were also treated to words from special guest Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She reminisced of the days she walked on Morrison Avenue, and expressed her gratitude. She took a moment to individually greet and thank the artists, and stayed for photos.

Oyague expressed, “It was never our intention to receive any awards, and never did we think that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor would be present. I’m happy our work is being appreciated and admired. We really just wanted to give back to the community.”

Go to The Bronx Free Press to read more on the mural and ceremony, and watch video of Sotomayor looking on as the illustration of her is unveiled.

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