Oscar Grant mural to be unveiled Saturday at Fruitvale BART Station
June 3, 2019 Updated: June 3, 2019 10:19 p.m.
A man shot by a BART police officer ten years ago will soon be memorialized beneath the platform where he lay bleeding while shocked onlookers filmed the incident on their cellphones.
On Saturday, transit officials and family members of Oscar Grant will unveil a new mural commemorating him at Fruitvale Station. They will also present new street signs to rechristen a strip of road where taxis pull in, just west of the station. It’s now called Oscar Grant III Way.
Oscar Grant mural in progress at Fruitvale BART Station
Artist Refa One commemorates slain Oakland man more than ten years after his death
By Adam Brinklow Mar 11, 2019, 12:42pm PDT
A mural of slain Oakland resident Oscar Grant is in progress on the side of the Fruitvale BART Station where a police officer fatally wounded Grant over ten years ago.
Grant was 22 years old when former BART PD cop Johannes Mehserle fatally shot him on New Year’s Day 2009, as Grant was lying facedown and restrained on the platform.
The mural was originally planned for the tenth anniversary of Grant’s death, but faced delays, in part, because of debate over its design and content.
BART secured Oakland artist Senay Dennis, better known as Refa One, for the project.
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American Requiem is a creative journey along the political landscape of Americanisms during the age of Donald Chump. The art is a visual melody of blues vibrating at the threshold of HipHop culture and Afrofuturism. An intersection of sacred geometry and street calligraphy infused with the political ideology of self determination. Refa One is a painter and illustrator known for his visionary murals in the SanFrancisco Bay Area.
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Making a Mark on Campbell Street
By Ryan Lindsay
Posted December 9, 2016 4:03 pmLocal artist Refa One is working to complete a sprawling mural on Campbell Street in West Oakland.
A former grocery store and pizza spot turned community center is getting a fresh look thanks to the work of Refa One, a community artist. Refa started painting the sprawling seven-panel mural in October and hopes to finish by the end of the year.
The mural, located in West Oakland’s Lower Bottoms neighborhood, includes a mix of African and African-American imagery, symbolism and cityscapes, from Timbuktu to Oakland. Refa has been painting murals in Oakland for over 15 years.
Click on the button on the right to hear Refa and Batsch, a French artist, discuss the elements of the mural.
CLICK LINK below to hear full interview