Mural by Hamilton Students Raising
Awareness for Human Rights, Educational Equality in Iran Unveiled at Local
Recently, Hamilton Mayor Kelly
Yaede joined with Hamilton students, members of the Hamilton Township Public
School District and representatives of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of
Hamilton Township to help unveil a new mural on the side of a local business.
Students from Hamilton West and
Steinert High School worked with muralist Edward Williams to create the artwork
that was inspired by Williams’ research into the “Education is Not a Crime”
campaign, which seeks to raise awareness about the persecution of Baha’is in
Iran (who are banned from teaching and studying in Iranian universities because
of their religious beliefs), as well as through inspiration from Maya Angelou’s
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
The mural sits on the side of
the Joseph Steinert and Company (an authorized dealer of STIHL outdoor
products) building in between Arena and Olden Avenues, which is the site of the
former Wonder (Bread) / Hostess Bakery Thriftshop.
“Not only did the local
students and artist create a beautiful mural for residents and visitors to
enjoy, but they are raising awareness about human rights injustices in Iran
based upon religious intolerance,” says Mayor Kelly Yaede. “It certainly is a reminder how we, as
Americans, are fortunate to live in a country that protects freedom and