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This collaborative mural honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was painted by six local African American artists: Glen Bolling, Alice Gatewood-Waddell, Thelma Green, Granville Mitchell, Vonda Victor and Thomas Withrow.


The collaborative mural I Have A Dream: A Salute To The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s premier exhibit was January 6, 2006 in the Museum’s Garden Gallery. The exhibit appeared along with photos and biographic information about the six artists who donated their time and talents painting the 6 mural panels.




Glen Bolling

Bowling Green native Glen Bolling is part of the Western Kentucky University family. He has enjoyed doing art all his life and took basic art classes while living in Michigan. He considers himself a muralist and became interested in mural work while working as a wall painter in Michigan.

Bolling’s work has been on display at Trinity Baptist Church and Ragland Lane. Bolling has collaborated with local artists doing mural work in Bowling Green including working with Delaire Rowe at Parker Bennett Community Center.




Alice Gatewood-Waddell

A native of Bowling Green, KY, Alice Gatewood Waddell has developed an artistic style that appears to a variety of collectors. Primarily known for her mixed media designs, Waddell seeks to incorporate positive messages regarding family, unity, and spiritual celebration to both move and inspire the viewer.

A formally trained artist, Waddell obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in painting, from Western Kentucky University.




Granville Mitchel

Bowling Green native Granville Mitchel is mostly a self-taught artist. Granville discovered his love of painting in high school and he prefers working in oil. Mitchell’s vibrant works captures movement, the dynamic of life.  Mitchell’s work can be seen in many local collections including WKU Libraries.




Thelma L. Green

A self taught artist, Green, a native of Warren County was born in Wooodburn. She always loved drawing and would practice on any found material including brown paper bags, cardboard, plaster board, and even the bedroom walls. After graduating from Warren Central High School she finished two semesters at Western Kentucky University.

In 2004 Green took a painting class under Neil Peperis. The painting class reaffirmed her love of art as she has been painting and entering local art exhibitions since. Green’s work can be seen in WKU Library’s  collection.




Vonda Victor

Victor is a 1990 WKU graduate with a BA in graphic design and has participated in several local art exhibitions.

Victor works in several mediums including, acrylic paint, calligraphy, stained glass, and fabrics. She receives incredible joy from calligraphy of inspirational scriptures for homes and churches. She also produced a commissioned stained glass pieces for a business in her hometown of Hopkinsville and worked for her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. One of her proudest moments was to provide a piece for Bishop Vashti McKenzie.




Thomas Withrow

Withrow has had many different jobs in his lifetime but art has always been an important part of his life. He received formal art education at Western Kentucky University. Then developed a reputation as a portrait artist through trial and error, working mostly with pastels and charcoals.

Withrow enjoys working with oils and acrylics, as well as screen-printing and occasionally sign painting and feels fortunate to possess a God-given gift that he will enjoy all his life.


I Have A Dream: A Salute To The Life Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Alice Gatewood-Waddell MLK, Jr painting

Alice Gatewood-Waddell depicts the birthplace of Dr. Martin King, Jr., his early childhood years, parents and family. It reflects the influence of his father’s church.

Vonda Victor MLK,Jr mural

Vonda Victor represents Dr. King’s education with degrees from Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, and Boston University. Portrayed are images of his wife, Coretta Scott, and his four children, Yolanda Denise, Martin Luther III, Dexter Scott, and Bernice Albertine.

Granville Mitchell MLK, Jr mural

Granville Mitchell’s canvas depicts civil rights activities of the historic Freedom Riders and the violent action taken against them.

Withrow MLK, Jr. mural

Thomas Withrow’s work illustrates King’s civil rights work with marches, sit-ins, and protests as well as images of atrocities inflicted on King and other civil rights supporters.


Bowling MLK, Jr. mural

Glenn Bolling paints of historic speeches and King’s accolades including the Nobel Peace Prize. The work also shows men who influenced and were influenced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thelma Green MLK, Jr. mural

Thelma Green’s painting depicts the King’s assassination. The painting includes an image of the Lorranne Hotel where King was shot. Her epitaph shows King in front of the “mountain top” referenced in his I’ve Been to the Mountaintop speech.


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