Detroit artist Tylonn J. Sawyer creates mural depicting first African American student to attend U-M

Source: Michigan News

Tylonn J. Sawyer

Detroit artist Tylonn J. Sawyer will work with U-M students to create a mural to honor Samuel C. Watson, the first African American student admitted to the University of Michigan. 

The project is part of Sawyer’s residency at the Institute for the Humanities, which will include an exhibition of new and existing work as well as a series of student engagement opportunities. 

Sawyer will work with the students to paint the mural over the course of two weekends in October inside the U-M Modern Languages Building, with completion scheduled for Oct. 19.

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