Captain David L. Ramsay Memorial Park
Public Art Commissions
Olaleye Communications, Inc. and visual artist Reginald Jackson, with sculptor Valerie Maynard, won the opportunity to implement a monument at Ramsay Park in Roxbury, MA. This work memorializes Captain David L. Ramsay and other local African Americans killed in Viet Nam and previous wars.
The project was created by The Veterans Benefit Clearinghouse Inc. and the Ramsay Memorial Site Committee.
It was constructed under the aegis of Mayor Thomas M. Mennino, City of Boston, in 2002. It was funded by
the Henderson Foundation and The Boston City Trust.
The Airfoil created by sculptor Valerie Maynard stands almost 17’ tall is made of 3/4” stainless steel and sits on a 10’ in diameter Zimbabwean black granite base with a red granite inlay. The 5 black granite tablets that lead up to the Airfoil are 30” in diameter and are etched depicting the story of David L. Ramsay and other veterans from the area.
Murals at Northeastern University
These murals were first created in 1970 in consultation with the Community Advisory Board of the African American Institute at Northeastern University, Stull and Lee and Olaleye Communications, Inc.
In 2007 the restoration of Mame Jato, the 8ft. x 12 ft. photomural mounted on a wooden platform was incased in a acrylic envelope to reduce exposure to the elements. Additionally a new digital image of "Watching", 37 ft x 18 ft. , was created to embrace the entryway of the new home of the Institute.
WATCHING, 1970, Ghana, W. Africa
Photographic Mural, 37 ft. x 18 ft.
Humbled and enlightened under the watchful eye of youngsters living in close proximity to one of 60 odd forts and castles, once used as warehouses for human cargo along Ghana's 200 mile coastline, we traveled East to West. From Ada to Half Assini, documenting relics, memory and humanity, of a past once denied.
"Mame Jato", 1970, Ghana, W. Africa
with Verdeya Mitchell Brown
Photographic Mural, 8 ft. x 12 ft.
"Mame Jato," an Ewe woman whose name means copper color, is photographed in the Jamestown section of Accra called the Zongo, running a small establishment which sells "hot" drinks like apeteshie, a kind of homemade gin. She appears in front of her bar with cautionary signage. No Credit Please. Mame Jato's stance reminds us of our mothers, aunts, sisters and grandmother's whose inexplicable body language was never challenged when they said "enough" was enough.