On Saturday, April 6, 2019, the Frayser Community PTSA celebrated the 200th Birthday of the City of Memphis at the Ed Rice Community Center in the Frayser community.
On a day filled with activity, food, and fellowship, the highlight on the day’s program was the unveiling of the “Welcome to Frayser” murals that were completed with hundreds of adults and children taking part in painting on the completed projects. These murals will be displayed around the Frayser community in the coming weeks and months.
Additionally, there was also the introduction of the inaugural Frayser Coloring Book which was inspired by the people of this tight-knit community.
At the center of these two community-based projects was Lurlynn Franklin who served as quarterback for these efforts and continues in her work as an art teacher with the ASD’s Achievement Schools (the 4 schools directly run by the ASD). Her work has been supported by the entire community inclusive of River Arts Fest which has been deeply invested in Ms. Franklin’s work.
The unveiling of the “Welcome to Frayser” Mural and the Frayser Coloring Book was attended by City of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, Shelby County Commissioner Willie Brooks, and a host of other community leaders. Dr. Sharon Griffin, Superintendent for the ASD, also joined in the day’s festivities which were free and open to the public.
Special thanks is extended to Ms. Regenia Dowell and the Frayser PTSA as well as the entire Frayser community for their support of these amazing projects.