SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Fresh Paint Springfield hosted two Nelson Stevens mural unveilings on Saturday.

The murals were originally painted in 1974 by Nelson Stevens, and in the 1970s he directed the painting more than 30 AfriCOBRA murals in Springfield alone. The murals were recreated during this year’s mural festival by the Community Mural Institute.

The first commemoration and ribbon cutting was for the mural called “Wall of Black Music” and which took place Saturday at 1 p.m. at 1 Montrose Street in Springfield. Representative Bud Williams, associates of Nelson Stevens, and members of AfriCOBRA, the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists, were in attendance and shared reflections.

The second mural unveiling was for the mural called “Tribute to Black Women” which took place at 2 p.m. Saturday at 38 Catharine Street. City Councilor Tracye Whitfield presented a proclamation to Nadya Stevens, Nelson’s daughter. Rosemary Tracy Woods also spoke at the ceremony.

These celebrations will be the wrap up to Fresh Paint Springfield 2022 mural festival, which by the end of September, will have created 38 murals in Springfield along with Common Wealth Murals.

Artists along with neighborhood residents commemorated the latest series of murals created on Montrose and Catherine streets this Saturday afternoon. The work of talented muralists who’ve responded to Fresh Paint Springfield’s request to transform bare walls into exterior art.

Artists both homegrown and from outside the area looked on proudly as their work received its initial burst of appreciation.

“When I received the call for this opportunity project I felt like it’s the next step. I felt like it was something I should be involved with, so I reached out and they brought me on,” expressed Artist Mr. Twogoods.

Artist Gineen Cooper said, “I don’t know the number, but early on it had got to be 35-40 people. They came in shifts and painted ’round the clock. Like all day, and they did sections. They had it glued to the wall.”

Fresh Paint Springfield would honor the memory of noted artist Nelson Stevens by recreating two of the dozens of murals his hand painted during the 1970s.

It’s been during the past two years that downtown Springfield had taken on a new look when murals came into their own, changing the face of the city for current and future generations. A distinction now spreading to the cities’ neighborhood.