Dexter James, who lived a block from the Forest of DREAMS and was one of its guardians, suggested a legacy tree to honor residents who had passed away. The leaves were quickly filled with names of individuals who were once a part of the north side community.
“One of my most heartfelt part of the mural was when I had time to listen to stories about their loved one,” said Janna Robertson. “That’s when I realized that this mural is much more than paint on a wall. It was love for the people who meant a lot to us.”
“Local neighborhood members, schools and churches certainly have been a big part of this project, but one of the coolest things about the mural is how it’s brought the entire Wilmington community together. It spans all sectors of our community and that’s a beautiful thing."
- Matt Carvin, DREAMS of Wilmington director
Venita Jenkins/UNCW, Jeff Janowski/UNCW, Bradley Pierce/UNCW and Nekira Woodbury /OUR intern.