|Cheryl Foster at work on her Market Building piece|
|And a lovely smile it is|
|The N&W porter was a valued member of the community|
|Cheryl talks to a mother-daughter|
|Cheryl faces her critics|
I did today. The work is good. It is appropriate: a Norfolk & Western Railroad porter. It is significant because these porters held high rank in the Black community here for many years and because N&W employed so many African-Americans, the middle class was large and thriving. That helped alleviate racial strife in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. When people are comfortable, they aren't likely to be unhappy.
I like piece. The artist, Cheryl Foster, is a lovely person and quite talented (she's also damn near my age at an astonishing 62; look at that smile above). Those helping put the tiled mural together are Roanokers who are among our immigrants (Cubans). That is good.
I think Cheryl's work is worthy and I'm sure the art of the others will be, as well. None of which addresses the essential criticism, which I think is still valid: there should be a Roanoker represented on this building--the very symbol of Roanoke. There isn't and won't be. I accept that. I don't know what else to say.