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"Education is Liberation: Rosa Parks"

Fichter, David

Porter Square, Mural

44 Linnaean St.

Cambridge, MA 02139

Location Description: Graham and Parks School, first floor hallway

Date: 1985

Materials: Acrylic on brick

Dimensions: 10' x 25'

Fichter's large interior mural pays homage to Rosa Parks, one the school's two namesakes. Park's 1955 refusal to sit in the back of an Alabama bus sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a landmark event of the Civil Rights Movement. Fichter shows Parks telling her story to a group of school-children, whose diverse ethnicities not only reflect Cambridge's multi-cultural makeup but also embody the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Park's struggle for equal rights everywhere is represented by two opposing images: the chains of oppression and interlinked hands demonstrating the power of unity and resistance.


Fichter is a resident of Cambridge and has painted murals in the Eastern, Southern, and Midwestern United States, as well as in Nicaragua and in the former Soviet countries of Russia, Georgia and Armenia. Several of his works are located in other public spaces around Cambridge.

City of Cambridge, Public Art Collection