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Elizabeth Peratrovich mural to be installed on library wall starting Monday, Aug. 30

August 27, 2021 – News

A large mural of Elizabeth Peratrovich will soon be featured on the south-facing wall of the City and Borough of Juneau’s Downtown Public Library and Marine Parking Garage. Crystal Worl, a Tlingit and Athabascan artist and designer in Juneau, created the mural and, along with a team, will begin installation of the mural on Monday, August 30. The public is asked to use caution and to keep out of all taped off areas during the installation process, which is weather-dependent.

The 60-by-25-foot Tlingit formline mural features Tlingit civil rights activist Elizabeth Kaaxgal.aat Peratrovich, a member of the Lukaax.ádi clan of the Raven moiety. Peratrovich was instrumental in the passage of the historic Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, the first anti-discrimination law in the United States.

“Educating the public about the local Indigenous values, culture, and history is important for Alaskans and visitors alike. This mural will also contribute to the movement to transform Juneau into the Northwest Coast arts capital of the world, and will beautify and enhance the downtown Juneau area. Moreover, the mural will foster community partnerships and pride, and, as an attraction, contribute to the local economy,” Worl said. The mural also features “modernized versions of our clan crest, the Sockeye Salmon, along with Raven.”

The mural project is made possible by the Rasmuson Foundation, Sealaska Heritage Institute, and Worl, and implemented in partnership with CBJ.

For more information, contact CBJ’s Lisa EaganLagerquist at 586-0800 ext. 4184 or Lisa.EaganLagerquist@juneau.org.