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“A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue”

 
 
“A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
1. “A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Marker
Inscription.
Mural designed by Osha Newmann, painted with O’Brien Thiele, Janet Kranzberg, Daniel Galvez and many others
Painted in 1976
Restored and enlarged in 1999
City of Berkeley Landmark
designated in 1990
The mural on this wall was painted the year of the Bicentennial of the American Revolution to commemorate a more recent revolutionary period. It depicts the social and political movements that defined Berkeley in the Sixties beginning in 1964 with the Free Speech Movement and concluding five years later with the struggle accompanying the creation of People’s park on the eastern portion of this block.

Images, from left to right, include Mario Savio speaking at the October 1, 1964 sit-in on Sproul Plaza that sparked the Free Speech movement; Vietnam War protesters; Black Panthers; the street scene on Telegraph Avenue in the Sixties; the creation of People’s Park; the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street on ‘Bloody Thursday,” May 15, 1969, when the streets in the neighborhood exploded in violent confrontation between police and demonstrators protesting the University of California’s seizure of People’s Park; the shooting, by Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies, of James Rector who was watching the demonstration from a rooftop on Telegraph Avenue. He died four days later.

The
“A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
2. “A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Marker
The marker is on the right end of the mural.
mural concludes with a vision of liberation. Within inches of a homeless young women sitting on the sidewalk, a tree breaks through the gray cement. Entwined in its branches a triumphal procession, shedding the clothes of the past as it proceeds, dances its way down Telegraph Avenue into the future.

This plaque was a gift of friends of People’s Park to commemorate the Park’s 30th anniversary, April, 1999.
 
Erected 1999 by Friends of People’s Park/ Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 51.955′ N, 122° 15.504′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue on Haste Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2500 Haste Street, Berkeley CA 94704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mrs. E.P. (Stella) King Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Soda Works Building (about 400 feet away); First Church of Christ, Scientist (about 700 feet away); American Baptist Seminary of the West - Hobart Hall (about 700 feet away); J. Gorman & Son Building (approx.
“A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Mural, #1 (left to right) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
3. “A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Mural, #1 (left to right)
0.2 miles away); McCreary-Greer House (approx. ¼ mile away); Berkeley City Club (approx. ¼ mile away); Berkeley Piano Club (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Also see . . .
1. Telegraph Avenue - Wikipedia. Among some Berkeley residents, especially Cal students, Telegraph refers mainly to a four-block section just south of the university, from Bancroft Way (which borders the campus) to Dwight Way (Submitted on April 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. The Battle of Peoples Park - Rolling Stone Magazine. Street people and Berkeley students had built it - or were building it - they had lots of plans. But now the State, propelled by the will of a Governor who has vowed to put an end to demonstrations on California campuses by any means necessary, was going to take back People's Park. (Submitted on April 21, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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“A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Mural, #2 (left to right) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
4. “A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Mural, #2 (left to right)
“A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Mural, #3 (left to right) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
5. “A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Mural, #3 (left to right)
“A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Mural, #4 (left to right) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
6. “A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Mural, #4 (left to right)
The “A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Mural image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
7. The “A People’s History of Telegraph Avenue” Mural
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 998 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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