Melvin Freeman waiting on a Link light rail train
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Seattle artist Melvin Freeman relies on transit to stay connected with his community

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When we first introduced you to Seattle artist Melvin Freeman in March, he was at work on an inspirational, sprawling mural in Seattle's Central District neighborhood on 23rd Avenue South in front of the Northwest African American Museum.

Today we revisit Freeman as he and Seattle artist Perri Rhoden wrap up the the work in Seattle's oldest, historically Black neighborhood. 

Seattle artists Perri Rhoden and Melvin Freeman in front of their new mural in Seattle's Central District.
Seattle artists Perri Rhoden and Melvin Freeman in front of the new mural in Seattle's Central District.

Check out his description of the work to local media outlet Converge Media:

Read more about the mural in this story from Seattle's Office of Arts and Culture

Freeman is an incredible local visual artist dealing with vision loss who depends on transit.

He's a reminder that for many riders, transit means more than just commuting.

It’s a lifeline.

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, we remember the role transit plays in the daily lives of so many. 

Learn more about Melvin and how vital transit can be and the role it plays in making cultural community connections.

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