Heart of Selma banner Lemarkus Snow

Landscaper Lemarkus Snow is one of the community leaders featured on photo banners as part of the Heart of Selma project.

The Heart of Selma project unveiled downtown last week with banners featuring community leaders posted on poles along Water Avenue.

Selma native and photographer Jerry Siegel took portraits of 25 residents who were chosen for making a difference in Selma as part of a public art project. The project is a partnership with the Blackbelt Benefit Group paid for by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Alabama Power Foundation.

The idea came from a similar project Seigel did in Lake City, S.C. He wanted to do something for his hometown so he and Paul Barrett, who directed the previous project, partnered with community groups to pick citizens whose continuing presence make Selma better. Three art experts reviewed the portraits and chose the top 12 that are being displayed in downtown Selma. The banners currently on display will be there at least a month, then others may be displayed.

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