Wiese Street

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This street holds two works of community art. The first is an untitled mosaic that features a woman offering up a blooming flower with her eyes closed. And the second is a poem by Dionne Spencer, in honor of Isabella Baumfree or as she later called herself, Sojourner Truth. She was an abolitionist and women’s rights activist who was born into slavery in New York but escaped with her baby daughter shortly after she was born.

Both of these works were made possible by St. John’s Educational Thresholds Center’s Urban ArtWORKS program.

The poem reads,
“She is the sun that wakes me up every morning,
She is the wind that blows me to success,
She is the one that will never turn her back
on her people, but help them
Rather than turn them down.
She is a strong, intelligent, wise,
and independent woman,
She cared for her fellow people,
and care so much.

Believe me, even though she’s dead,
she lives in my heart.
She is my sunshine.”

Commissioned By
Urban ArtWORKS
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2-98 Wiese Street, at 16th

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