Life Is Sharing the Same Park Bench by John F. Morrell

Life Is Sharing the Same Park Bench by John F. Morrell

Life Is Sharing the Same Park Bench is a small mural located on East 9th St. at Rockwell Ave. in downtown Cleveland. It was painted in 1969 by John F. Morrell and a group of volunteers.

The mural was commissioned by Cleveland mayor Carl Stokes, the first African American mayor in the US. In the early 1990s, city officials decided to paint over it but, after a public outcry, the work was restored instead.

Life Is Sharing the Same Park Bench by John F. Morrell

The simplified human forms in the mural are also in use as the logo for the Association for the Advancement of Social Work With Groups and as the brand on City Bench furniture.

Life Is Sharing the Same Park Bench by John F. Morrell

John F. Morrell was born in Rochester, NY but split his time between Rochester and Cleveland, painting several other murals. Read a bit more about Morrell and the mural here and here.

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