Mural for David Josiah Lawson to be revealed on April 10 at Arcata High School

The Black Student Union at Arcata High School will reveal a mural of David Josiah Lawson on April 10. The event will be open to the public and is free to attend.

The 8-by-8 statue was painted at McKinleyville High School. It depicts David Josiah Lawson with many hands on the canvas, flowers, and a ring that says “love”.

“I’m so honored and so grateful to young folks that remember and still know the story of DJ and the injustice he has received after losing his life almost seven years ago on April 15,” said Charmaine Lawson.

Lawson is hopeful that these students will be bringers of change needed in their Humboldt community.

Shannon Kresge teaches science at AHS and advises the BSU on campus. She said the mural can be a source of community building for Black students at AHS.

“It’s really important to build community here for them so they feel seen and heard and they have comfortable spaces to be,” said Kresge.

The Lawson family will have a private day visiting Josiah Lawson’s favorite skate park in Southern California on April 15.

Wednesday, April 10 in the fine arts building at Arcata High 6-8 p.m. poetry and rap will be performed. The event will be supported by multiple businesses and community organizations. B-Black and the Eureka NAACP plan to donate a combined $1,000 towards the event.

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