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  • Roxbury Rhapsody with Napoleon Jones-Henderson
  • Roxbury Rhapsody by Napoleon Jones-Henderson, detail 1
  • Roxbury Rhapsody by Napoleon Jones-Henderson, detail 2
  • Roxbury Rhapsody by Napoleon Jones-Henderson, detail 3

Roxbury Rhapsody

Artist:

Napoleon Jones-Henderson

Location:

 

Location

2300 Washington St
Roxbury, MA
United States
42° 19' 23.9196" N, 71° 4' 54.732" W

Neighborhood:

Dudley Square

Type:

Mural

Year:

2015

Medium:

Enamel Mural

Collection:

Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building

Funders:

City of Boston

Description:

Roxbury’s various ethnic groups have a long history of music as a central element of life.”  The artist, Napoleon Jones-Henderson sees music as the adhesive that binds people together into a community. Music was also a key influence during his development of Roxbury Rhapsody. “It is indeed an honor to create an enamel mural that celebrates this quilted history of Roxbury.” He also quotes James Baldwin from Nobody Knows My Name “The artistic image is not intended to represent the thing itself, but rather, the reality of the force the thing contains." .

His sophisticated enamel murals and large-scale sculptures have gained national acclaim, and we are proud to add his work to the city’s public art collection. Jones-Henderson is an activist image maker and educator, and he has been an engaged member of the Boston art world as well as the Roxbury community for over three decades. Jones-Henderson in collaboration with SPARC!, an initiative of MassArt's Center for Art and Community Partnerships, worked with student apprentice to complete the fabrication of the mural. 

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