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Indianapolis airport unveils mural honoring Madam Walker

Posted at 6:00 AM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 14:29:36-05

INDIANAPOLIS — There was a big unveiling Tuesday at the Indianapolis International Airport.

A mural in honor of Indy icon Madam C.J. Walker now graces the gateway to the city.

The mural reaches 11 feet high and 75 feet wide was developed in partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Madam Walker Legacy Center and is an official Indianapolis bicentennial community project.

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The Madam Walker Legacy Mural was unveiled at the Indianapolis International Airport on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.

The artist is Indy native Tasha Beckwith.

"Whoa, they want me to do a mural about Madam C.J. Walker. There was a lot of pressure there," Beckwith said. "It took me a long time to come up with the concept given the scope of who the mural was about and also the size of the mural. When I think of my art as a whole, I just want it to emit positivity and joy to people because we live in such a stressful place already. If they can have something beautiful to look at then I've done my job."