Near West Side Partners, Inc.
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Near West Side Mural Honors Milwaukee Baseball Legends Hank and Tommie Aaron

“Brave Brothers” installation blends sports history with racial justice

By - Oct 12th, 2021 01:07 pm
“Brave Brothers” mural by Rosy Petri. Photo courtesy of the Near West Side Partners.

“Brave Brothers” mural by Rosy Petri. Photo courtesy of the Near West Side Partners.

MILWAUKEE — The Near West Side recently gained a new mural depicting Hank and Tommie Aaron, two baseball legends who played for the Milwaukee Braves.

Created by artist Rosy Petri, “Brave Brothers” is about more than Milwaukee’s athletic legacy. Petri, who typically uses quilts and fabrics as her medium of choice, wove themes of racial justice, mental health, and history into the installation.

Driven by a love for baseball and her research into the Negro Leagues, Petri sought to tell the stories of sports heroes who overcame the odds to become symbols of  respect.

“People identify with sports stories,” Petri said. “This piece re-introduces Hank Aaron as not only a figure for philanthropy and social justice, but also a figure of integrity, professional prowess, and compassion.”

The mural highlights a non-dominant perspective on a history many are familiar with and invites viewers and residents to consider the challenges Black athletes face while also celebrating triumphs and progress in equity.

“Brave Brothers” is one piece in a larger series by Petri, titled “Men and Women on the Negro Leagues.” The complete series is located in Atlanta.

Petri’s installation is one of eight murals included in Near West Side Partners’ “Painting the Near West Side” project, one of six Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) Action Activities aimed at community improvement. “Brave Brothers” is located at 2222 W. Clybourn Avenue, where it can be seen from I-94. Learn more about “Painting the Near West Side” and other Action Activities on the Near West Side website.

ABOUT NEAR WEST SIDE PARTNERS, INC:
Near West Side Partners, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to revitalize and sustain the Near West Side as a thriving business and residential corridor, through collaborative efforts to promote commercial corridor development, improved housing, unified neighborhood identity and branding, and greater safety for residents and businesses.  Near West Side Partners, Inc. is an organization of businesses and civic leaders from throughout the Near West Side, including the organization’s five anchor institutions – Advocate Aurora Health, Harley-Davidson, Marquette University, MolsonCoors and Potawatomi Business Development Corp.

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