World-recognized artist to paint mural this week at library in Cynthia Hurd’s honor

A mural in honor of Cynthia Hurd is being painted this week at the John L. Dart Branch Library.

The public will be able to watch a world-renowned artist this week paint a colorful mural of books on the side of a Charleston library to honor Emanuel AME Church shooting victim Cynthia Hurd.

Artist and author Nick Kuszyk, known as R Robots, will paint the geometric mural from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, weather permitting, on the south side of the John L. Dart Branch Library at 1067 King St.

Hurd was one of nine black parishioners shot by a self-proclaimed white supremacist during a June 17 Bible study at Emanuel AME. She was branch manager at the downtown library for 21 years before managing the St. Andrews Regional Library in West Ashley.

The community is encouraged to stop by the library to watch the artist work, and there will be a workshop for children from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Participants will be able to create their own mural-inspired artwork to be attached to book carts in the library.

The mural is partially funded by a donation from Winston & Strawn LLP, an international law firm, to the Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Fund, which was established at Charleston County Public Library by the Graham-Hurd families. The fund is meant to promote outreach and educational programming at the two libraries she managed during her career.

The project is a collaboration between library system and Enough Pie, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging the community in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula. The organization named the muralist and street artist to be part of the project.

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