Metro Arts commissioned artist Walter Hood to create public artwork to honor the events and the people who made history here in Nashville and created the blueprint for nonviolent protest. His design for Witness Walls utilizes iconic photos of the Civil Rights movement in Nashville set in concrete walls. The installation will be located on the west side of the historic Metro Nashville Courthouse, steps away from the April 19, 1960 student-led protest that led then-Mayor Ben West to disavow segregation of Nashville’s lunch counters. The artwork is expected to be installed in 2016.
Lesson plans were created by the 2014-15 teacher cadre and the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation. Funding for the teacher training and lesson plans was provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Lesson plans are customizable for middle and high school students.