Story and photos by Victoria Pickering
There’s a very powerful new artwork across from the Supreme Court, which looks even more striking in today’s snow. The work is by Ndume Olatushani, who was imprisoned for murder in Tennessee for 27 years before his conviction was overturned in 2012. He started to create art while in prison, and has continued to create in the five years since his release. He works with the Children’s Defense Fund, churches, and schools to use art to disrupt the “cradle to prison” pipeline facing young children at risk.
This work is sponsored by the United Methodist Church. It is displayed during Lent in front of the Methodist building across from the Supreme Court.