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Artist Ashley Dopson (@ashleydpaints on Instagram) spent at least part of Juneteenth in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn working on one of her newest #BlackLivesMatter murals. This is the second mural she’s shared in this space, and promises that more are on the way.

Ashley Dopson BLM mural Sweet Auburn June 2020ARTIST: Dopson has been painting in Atlanta since 1989. On Instagram, she identifies herself as “Believer. Olivia’s mom. ATL muralist. Teacher. Diamond in the making” and “HU Lady Pirate” (that’s for Hampton University in Virginia).

STYLE: Bright bold colors, bold black outlines and thick textures in pieces that blend the whimsy of a childhood coloring book with the sophistication of an educated black woman in 21st-century America. She tells stories of Southern black women, does contemporary takes on biblical principles and promotes empathy.

BACKSTORY: Inspirations include childhood memories, old wives’ tales, fairy tales, and cultural and historical influences.

LOCATION: Refuge Coffee Co., 145 Auburn Ave. NE, between Courtland Street and Piedmont Avenue. She’s drawn to in-between spaces, the places at which people from different backgrounds connect. She favors bridges, bus stops, community centers, hallways, libraries, schools, street corners and transit stations, for example. See more of Ashley Dopson’s murals and other work HERE.

ET CETERA: For more of the city’s creative street art, visit the Atlanta Street Art Map. And if you see a Black Lives Matter-themed work you think we should know about, please email


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