Arthur Eve mural is dedicated at namesake School 61 in
Buffalo News, September 1, 2021
image of former New York Deputy Assembly Speaker Arthur O.
Eve looms over the
school that is his namesake.
A mural bearing Eve's portrait was dedicated during a ceremony
Wednesday at the Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction, School
No. 61, on Leroy
Avenue. The longtime politician and former Buffalo mayoral
candidate was lauded
by current Mayor Byron W. Brown and others in attendance as a
visionary for his dedication to public education, particularly
growing up in disadvantaged circumstances.
Buffalo-based artist Julia
Bottoms, a graduate of SUNY Buffalo
State, created the mural that graces the back wall of the
school. She also
created a mural of Eve for the Freedom Wall on Michigan Avenue
and East Ferry
Street near the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing
Arts. She is
currently an adjunct professor at Medaille and Villa Maria
colleges, where she
In addition to Eve's portrait, two students are portrayed. One
of them represents former School 61 principal Parette M.
Walker at age 9.
The mural also includes a diploma symbolizing students' ultimate
academic pursuit, and butterflies, the school's unofficial